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Vol. VII. 

Amherst, Massachusetts, June 25, 1925 

No. 1 


Robert Martin '23 Writes About His 


Being mobbed by rioting Communists in 
Paris. Swimming at Ostende, Belgium, and 
playing tennis at Cannes, France. Collecting 
Botany specimens from a moving train over the 
Brunnig Pass in Switzerland while the conductor 
was reading the riot act in German. Buying 
postcards. Holding everything while crossing 
the Channel in a storm. Losing the luggage. 
Dodging drunken working men and women in 
London. Crossing France asleep on the wooden 
floor of a compartment. Dining at the Ritz. 
Hearing a far off yodel from the top of the Rigi. 
Tipping. Tipping. More Tipping. Living 
where opera-going and visits to art museums 
and exhibitions are accepted as a regular part 
of the activities of all students. Dining with a 
Russian prince. (It should here be remarked 
that there are thousands of these in France, 
for the southern Russian word for "freeman" 
when translated into French means "prince". 
Hence nine-tenths of the Russian refugees in 
France are entitled to call themselves prince. 
The other tenth call themselves prince without 
being entitled to the title.) And slowly pining 
away for a good cup of coffee and a piece of pie. 


One of the most interesting things to a 
person who is interested in economics is to come 
unexpectedly upon some curious little market 
in a far off corner where he has wandered just 
for the sake of wandering. To waken from 
dreams of home in early summer in London to 
hear a sweet voice passing down the street 
singing "Who'll buy me lavender?". To take 
an early Sunday morning hike in the East- 
cheap section and to come suddenly into Petti- 
coat Lane, where are being sold everything from 
silk toppers to jellied eels. To browse along 
among the book stalls lining the Left Bank. To 
come unexpectedly on a Sunday morning upon 
an open air canary market just in the rear of 
Notre Dame. To insist while you sip your 
morning so-called coffee in front of the little 
cafe around the corner that you will not purchase 
a Persian (?) rug from a Syrian rug vendor oh 
general principles. To arrive in Switzerland 
after the tourists have left and see the great 
migration of cattle down from the mountains 
and the great markets and fairs held in the 
valleys. And to lose your way in Basle and to 
find yourself all at once in a little square, in 
the center of which is a fountain. Surrounding 
the base of the fountain and connected with it 
by hoses are tubs. In the tubs are live fish. You 
point out the fish you want, and the little old 
lady at your tub deftly catches it, hits it over 
the head with a lead pipe, wraps it in a news- 
paper and you pay for it. You have bought a 
fish. And that is not the only thing you cannot 
use that you have bought in the curious little 
markets you have suddenly come upon in your 
wanderings in Europe. 


'98 Present 100$ 

George H. T. Babbitt w'74 was in the 
alumni parade dressed in the old uniform in 
which he used to drill at M.A.C. and with the 
old musket on his shoulder. 


Landscape Work in the South 


If an alumni fund had been started 
years ago the association now could carry 
on, among others, such projects as College 
publicity, alumni and undergraduate job 
service, and the publication of a bigger 
and better ALUMNI BULLETIN. Send 
a contribution with your dues! 

'Fifteen, the ten year class, were prosperous 
looking gentlemen, indeed, with their brown 
derbies, fancy vests, and white spats. 

The college band played an important part 
in the day's program. A little music was fur- 
nished before and between the speeches and, of 
course, the band led the parade. 

The registration exceeded that of any other 
year except the semi-centennial. The increase 
of fifteen over 1924 is probably a normal increase 
that may be expected each year. 

The 1914 class commencement cup was won 
this year by 1898, present one hundred percent 
strong for their twenty seventh anniversary. The 
fifty year class, with one absent in body but not 
in spirit came second with a record of 88.9$. 
Other classes with 25$ or more of the living 
graduates of known address present were: 
1888, 56.25$; 1895, 48$; 1885, 37.5$; 1915, 36.8$; 
1910, 34.2$; 1873, 33.3$; 1924, 30.7$; 1909, 
30.4$; 1905, 27.6$. 

Three hundred and eighty two alumni and 
their families, seniors, and faculty members sat 
down to the alumni dinner — and by all appear- 
ances enjoyed it. 

1915 had a class banquet at which 25 mem- 
bers of the class, 10 wives, 5 children, and a 
guest of honor, Professor Machmer, were present. 

Other classes had banquets, too, although 
the information is not complete. Ten were 
present at the '75 affair, 36 at '95's dinner, 
'09 set plates for thirty, and the '15 wives had 
a little supper party of 15. or 

The business meeting of the association 
was well attended, a hundred alumni partici- 
pating. An account of this meeting is printed 
under "Association Business". 

No flock of magpies ever outdid the talking 
in Memorial Hall. Commencement season is 
short and when you find old friends whom you 
haven't seen for years, there's a lot to be said 
and heard in a few moments. 

Either '95 or '98 came in during a fairly 
quiet time, but my! what a chatter then! Who 
said it didn't make a man young again to come 
back for Commencement? There's no better 
spring tonic. 

H. A. Ballou '95 from Trinidad, British 
West Indies, hailed from the farthest distance. 
L. F. Horner '91 from San Pedro, Calif.; C. C. 
Gowdy '08 from Kingston, Jamaica; G. M. 
Miles '75 from Miles City, Montana; and Fred- 
erick Poey w'25 from Cuba were others who 
traveled some distance. 

Seventy-eight bachelor of science, one 
bachelor of vocational agriculture, and three 
master of science degrees were conferred. 

E. S. Draper, Landscape Architect and 
Engineer, whose residence and main office is 
in Charlotte, N. C, graduated from M.A.C. 
in 1915. For a short time after graduation he 
was with A. D. Taylor '05, and with John Nolen, 
City Planner. In 1916 he opened an office of 
his own in Charlotte as Landscape Architect 
and Town Planner and from then on developed 
an organization which is one of the largest of 
its kind in the country. 

Work is handled through the various de- 
partments of his organization from the original 
survey, through the stages of planning, to 
supervision of construction of the finished pro- 
duct. National papers have taken notice of Mr. 
Draper for his work in Southern Mill Milage. 
Planning which has done much to uplift condi- 
tions that have a direct bearing on humanity. 

The range of his work is from West Virginia 
to Georgia and from the coast to the Mississippi 
River. All types of work are handled by his 
organization in one form or another including 
Mill Village Planning, Real Estate Subdivisions 
and Cemeteries, Hotel Grounds and Golf 
Courses, Parks and Playgrounds, Sewer and 
Water Layouts, Private Estates and Home 

Among the jobs handled by Mr. Draper 
are Chimney Rock Mts. Inc. and Mayview 
Manor both resort projects in N. C; Wildwood 
Park in Columbus, Ga., Emerywood at High 
Point, N. C., Clermont Mt. Park at Roanoke, 
Va., all high class real estate subdivisions; 
Oakw'Ood Cemetery, Raleigh, N. C, and 
Municipal Cemetery at Durham, N. C; the 
estates of S. C. Dobbs at Lakemont, Ga., A. 
M. Kisler, Morganton, N. C, and Henry Wall 
at Rockingham, N. C. 

Numerous articles by Mr. Draper on various 
phases of landscape architectural and engineer- 
ing work in the South have appeared in The 
Realty Magazine, Textile World Journal, Southern 
Textile Bulletin, Cotton, Southern Architect, 
Garden Magazine, American City, and other 
such magazines. 

Mr. Draper is the only honorary member 
ever elected to the North Carolina Association 
of Architects, and is with two other members 
of his organization a member of the American 
Society of Landscape Architects. He is active 
in civic affairs in Charlotte being a member of 
the City Planning Commission, Vice President 
of the Park and Playground Commission, 
Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and a 
member of the Rotary Club, Charlotte Country 
Club, Myers Park Club and Masonic Bodies. 

Mr. Draper has been partial to Aggie men 
having had the following in his organization at 
one time or another: H. G. Clancy, sp'15, 
J. C. Campbell, sp'17, H. B. Bursley '13, Harold 
Wholley '15, D. S. Dinsmore '16, Ralph Kilbon 
'16, C. A. Farwell w'22, G. R. McLean '15, 
C. G. Mackintosh '21, Robert Frost '14, P. H. 
Haskins '22. C. G. Mackintosh '21 


of the 


will be the September number 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1925 


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Entered as second class matter, March 17' 
1920, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass.' 
nnder the Acts of March 3, 1879- 

William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
John A. Crawford '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Ernest S. Russell '161 
Richard A. Mellen '21/ 

i ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 




James Metcalf Smith for a time a member 
of the class of 1874, but forced to leave before 
graduation because of ill health, died in Provi- 
dence, R. I., on April 8, 1925. 

A Providence newspaper in reporting his 
death said, "James Metcalf Smith, president 
and manager of the Smith-Gibbs Company and 
for many years active in the business affairs of 
this city, died yesterday morning at his home, 
376 Benefit St., where he had been confined for 
about three months by a complication of diseases. 
He was in his 72nd year. 

Born in Westfield, Mass., January 31, 1854, 
he received his education in the schools there 
and then became associated with his father, 
H. B. Smith of the H. B. Smith Company, 
steam heating contractors and engineers of that 
place. About fifty years ago he came to Provi- 
dence as representative of that concern and 
established a branch here. This business was 
continued at 11 South Main Street until, in 
1915, it was incorporated as the Smith-Gibbs 
Company, Mr. Smith becoming president. 

Thirteen years ago, Mr. Smith married 
Miss Marilla Carruthers, daughter of William 
Carruthers, formerly postmaster at Norwich, 
Conn. Mrs. Smith survives him, also his 
brother Edward Smith of New York City. 

Mr. Smith was a member of the Economic, 
Turks Head, Central and Silver Spring Golf 
Club and the Providence Chamber of Commerce. 
In former years he had also been actively 
affiliated with several other clubs, including the 
old Elmwood Club." 

Daniel G. Hitchcock '74, the class secretary 
writes, "In addition you could say that those 
who knew him best felt that he was one of the 
few with a strong sense of honor and of doing to 
others as he would be done by — in short fineness 
of character was characteristic of him. 


Captain John Richmond Eddy, an authority 
on Indian affairs, once secretary to the general 
superintendent of Indian affairs, and at another 
time superintendent of the Cheyenne reservation 
at Lame Deer, Montana, and the man commis- 
sioned to write a history of the American 
Indian in the World War, was found dead with a 
bullet wound in his head, June 10, 1925. 

In recent years he has conducted a plant 
and seed business in Pennsylvania. 

'05 A. D. Taylor gave a lecture at the 
national convention of the American Association 
of Nurserymen, on "The Cost Value of Land- 
scaping the Small Home". 

'06 Everett P. Mudge is president of the 
Massachusetts Tree Wardens' and Foresters' 

w'07 J. Gerry Curtis says that he is "busy 
with two other Aggie boys building Miami's 
$2,000,000,000 Bay Front Park". 

'08 H. M. Jennison expects to spend the 
coming summer months in "The Land of the 
Shining Mountains" part of the time at the 
ranch on Flathead Lake, Montana, where his 
orchard trees were very seriously damaged last 
December as a result of a "cold spell" followed 
by three weeks of very warm weather. 


At the annual meeting of the Association 
on June 13th reports were presented by the 
secretary, treasurer, and various committees 
and representatives. The more important re- 
ports are summarized below. Other business 
was transacted as follows: 

1. Nine Memorial Building pledges total- 
ing S437.50 were cancelled at the recommenda- 
tion of the Executive Committee of the Board 
of Directors. 

2. The projects and budget for 1925-26 as 
presented by the Board of Directors were accepted. 

3. Officers were elected as follows: 
President — E. S. Russell '16 
Vice-President — George Taylor '92 
Secretary — S. R. Parker '04 
Treasurer — C. L. Thayer '13 

Directors for four years: 
C. A. Pike '20 
R. D. Hawley '18 

4. Announcement was made of the elec- 
tion by mail of R. E. Cutting '08 and R. A. 
Payne '14 as directors of the association for 
terms of four years. 

Committee on Administration 

Following instructions from the Association 
a bill was introduced into the legislature, a 
favorable hearing was held, and the bill was 
referred to the next session. A committee has 
been appointed by the College Trustees to work 
with the alumni committee, several meetings 
have been held, the administrative problem 
thoroughly studied, and some rather definite 
conclusions reached regarding legislation to be 
asked for when the Legislature convenes. 
Meanwhile the Committee will continue its 
work in drafting a bill that will clear up am- 
biguities in the present laws regarding the 
powers of the Trustees and of certain depart- 
mental officers of the state government. 
Memorial Building Fund 

Since June 1, 1924 there has been collected 
$5611.23 and the note due the American Trust 
Co. has been reduced to $9500.00 from $14,000.00 
reported at the meeting in June 1924. Outstand- 
ing pledges number 489 of which 357 are by 
alumni. The total due on pledges is $22,337.93. 
Twenty eight totaling $1482.50 are listed as 

Report of the Treasurer 

Receipts for 1924-25 totaled $2823.82, in- 
cluding a refund from the Memorial Building 
Fund to cover a portion of the cost of collection, 
and expenses totaled $2924.23, approximately 
$125 more than the budget called for but in- 
cluding fully $500 spent in following up Memorial 
Building pledges. 

The Alumni Fund totals $1361.82. 
Mills Portrait Committee 

Contributions received and interest total 
$839.73, and expenses $100.60 leaving a balance 
of $739.13. Every graduate in the class of 1898 
has contributed to the fund. 


At the annual meeting of the Board of 
Directors of the Association the following execu- 


'91 E. P. Felt. "The dissemination of 
insects by air currents." In Journal of Economic 
Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

'94 R. E. Smith, part author. "Fig Smut." 
Bui. 387, California Agricultural Experiment 

'95 A. F. Burgess. "Our Association." 
(Address of retiring President American Associ- 
ation of Economic Entomologists.) In Journal 
of Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

'03 C. P. Halligan. "Rural Highways." 
Rural Landscape Series No. 1, Michigan Agri- 
cultural Experiment Station. 

'04 E. A. Back, senior author. "A newly 
recommended fumigant, ethyl acetate in com- 
bination with carbon tetrachloride." In Journal 
of Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 2, April 

'08 J. A. Hyslop, co-author. "Paul Revere 
Myers." In Proc. of the Ent. Society of Wash- 
ington, Vol. 27, No. 4, April 1925. 

'09 D. J. Caffrey. "Status of the European 
corn borer in the United States." In Journal 
of Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 

'09 S. S. Crossman. "Foreign travel and 
entomologists met while searching for enemies 
of the gipsy moth." In Journal of Economic 
Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

'09 M. T. Smulyan. "Attacks of Vespa 
Communis de Saussure on Hyphantria cunea 
Drury. Psyche, Vol. 31, Nos. 3-4, June-August, 

'10 L. S. McLaine, senior author. "That 
status of the European corn borer in Ontario." 
In Journal of Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, 
No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

'11 J. F. Adams. "The Spore Discharge 
of the Apple Scab Fungus in Delaware." Bui. 
140, Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station. 

w'll J. E. Dudley Jr. "The pea aphis 
project." The Conner, Vol. 59, No. 20, Nov. 8, 

'13 H. W. Allen, junior author. "Con- 
trolling bedbugs in steam heated rooms." In 
Journal of Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 2, 
April 1925. 

'14 C. C. Hill, part author. "The relation 
of Hessian fly damage to yield." In Journal of 
Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

'14 M. B. Calvert. "Jamaica and Fuller 
Brushes." In the Fuller Bristler. 

w'14 B. R. Leach, senior author. "The 
fumigation of 'balled' nursery stock." In 
Journal of Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 2, 
April 1925. 

'15 C. H. Alden. "San Jose scale control 
with lubricating oil emulsion on peach trees in 
the South." In Journal of Economic Entomology , 
Vol. 18, No. 2. 

'15 M. C. Lane. "Economic Wireworms 
of the Pacific Northwest." In Journal of 
Economic Entomology, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

'16 David Potter, junior author. "The 
fresh water sponge, Spongilla." Science, Vol. 
LXI, No. 1580, April 10, 1925. 

'16 Perez Simmons, senior author. "The 
causes of outbreaks of the Angoumois grain 
moth. In Journal of Economic Entomology, 
Vol. 18, No. 2, April 1925. 

'17 F. S. Chamberlin, senior author. "Life 
history studies of the tobacco flea-beetle in the 
southern cigar-wrapper district." In Journal of 
Agricultural Research, Vol. XXIX, No. 12, 
Dec. 15, 1924. 

'18 Marshall O. Lanphear. "The Ro- 
mance of my Job." In The American Fertilizer, 
May 16, 1925. 

'20 C. F. Doucette. "The Orchid or 
Cattleya fly." In Journal of Economic Entomolo- 
gy, Vol. 18, No. 1, Feb. 1925. 

tive committee was elected: E. S. Russell '16, 
G. E. Taylor '92, R. A. Warner '12, F. A. 
McLaughlin '11, C. A. Peters '97, R. D. Hawley 
'18 and C. L. Thayer '13 with the secretary to 
serve ex officio. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1925 


A New Field for Agricultural 


The new profession of consulting agricul- 
tural engineer is still in the pioneer stage. Those 
practicing this profession are also called farm 
consultants or consulting agriculturists; actually 
they are a sort of "glorified county agent". My 
experience as a director of extension showed the 
need for trained practical agriculturists to handle 
work- outside the province of the county agent or 
extension specialist. Such work includes the 
appraisal of lands, purchase of farm supplies, 
selling of agricultural products and actual 
management of farming enterprises. The 
Extension Service might arouse the desire of 
farm owners for better technical and business 
methods on their farms but it could not properly 
undertake to give a few farm operators (indi- 
viduals or companies) the complete and specific 
service they needed. So the consulting agricul- 
tural engineer is meeting the need for com- 
mercial agricultural service. 

A tremendous amount of work is involved 
in inspecting a tract of land, (or a farm) prepar- 
ing detailed practicable development and oper- 
ating plans and accurate estimates of cost, 
supervising the construction of buildings and 
perhaps a drainage or irrigation system, the 
selection and purchase of equipment and live- 
stock, choosing of competent employees, install- 
ing a suitable system of records and accounting 
and welding of the whole enterprise into an 
economically operated going concern. Surely a 
state or federal agriculturist could not devote 
to any one enterprise the time required to 
successfully carry through such a piece of work, 
and incidentally, certain special training and 
experience along business-agricultural lines are 
necessary to qualify one to undertake such 
work. Plans correct technically may lead to 
financial disaster and the main function of the 
agricultural engineer is to co-ordinate the techni- 
cal and business sides of agriculture to produce a 
dollars-and-cents success. Included in the work 
of the agricultural engineer are the following: 

Inspection and Reports. Inspections of 
lands and farms must be rapid, thorough, and 
accurate and reports concise and business like. 
Conclusions must be correct and unbiased and rec- 
ommendations practical and economically sound. 

Development and Operating Plans. 
Local conditions, costs and probable hazards 
must be reckoned with if plans are to be worth 
anything. The wide experience and sound 
judgment of the agricultural engineer are the 
best available insurance against unfavorable 

Supervising and Managing. Carefully 
made, correct plans often are improperly cariied 
out because of inadequate supervision. The 
agricultural engineer not only supervises develop- 
ment and operation work but takes over the 
complete management of agricultural enterprises. 

Special Investigations. He is called on 
to investigate: Non-paying farms or agricultural 
companies, poor-producing soils, properties need- 
ing appraisal, disease and insect pests of crops 
and livestock, agricultural resources of railroads 
and governments, farming enterprises for bank- 
ers, problems of farmers' organizations, etc. 
The field is wide, frequently involving the 
employment of agricultural specialists. 

Location of Work. Calls for this service 
come from various types of agricultural enter- 
prise located anywhere within the range of 
plant growth. Some agricultural consultants 
serve a limited territory within a hundred miles 
or so of headquarters while others handle 
projects (generally fewer and larger) at greater 
distances. The outdoor life, the opportunity to 
travel and its variety add zest to this work. 

Securing Business. Being a new profes- 
(Continued on Page 4) 


In Horticultural Manufactures 


A. Warren Clapp '19, now living in Wey- 
mouth has developed a good business in horti- 
cultural manufactures. His products which are 
put out under the trade name of "White Kitchen 
Products" find ready sale to the south shore 
summer residents and through some of the most 
exclusive shops in Boston. 

Mr. Clapp began this business in a small 
way shortly after graduating from this College. 
He returned the following summer for a course 
in Food Preservation which gave him his funda- 
mental training. Experience and experiments 
have added to this so that today he is a very 
successful manufacturer of a long line of "Home 
Made" fruit and vegetable products. 

Each year the business has grown as more 
people learned of the quality of his products. He 
has outgrown his old quarters and is now erect- 
ing a model home factory in the backyard of his 

He " appreciates the fact that fruit and 
vegetable products of exceptional quality are 
in almost unlimited demand and that to one 
who knows the work the only problem requiring 
time and thought for its solution is to form a line 
of connection between the demand and the home 
factory. This connection is being made by him 
and as a result he has a growing business which 
he can develop into whatever proportions he 
may desire. 

Solves Problem of Culls 


Donald Howes '18 of Ashfield whose father 
is one of the most successful apple growers of 
that famous apple section has developed a type 
of Horticultural Manufactures which is es- 
pecially applicable to New England conditions 
but which so far has been practically neglected. 

The Howes Manufacturing outfit consists 
of a cider mill, apple butter cooker and juice 
evaporator. All the culls from the orchard are 
marketed through this small plant in the form 
of sweet cider, boiled cider and apple butter. 

In an address to our Summer Farmers' 
meeting a year or two ago Donald stated that 
they had solved the problem of what to do with 
the culls and poor grade apples. What has been 
done on the Howes farm can be done on scores 
of other fruit farms in this state. All that is 
required is the Donald Howes type of knowledge 
and faith. 


Among the Abantu People of Natal 


Teaching I loathed while still a student at 
M.A.C. and Africa was only the Dark Continent, 
but today finds me teaching agriculture in South 

All mission work is interesting, but the 
work of an agricultural missionary is truly 
fascinating, especially among the black people 
of this field. The native is a born farmer. When 
brought under white domination he was in the 
Pastoral agricultural stage. The oldest records 
of Natal inform us that he kept horned cattle 
and goats, a few fowls, and raised such crops as 
kaffir corn, pumpkins, and kaffir beans. His 
proverbial apathy and improvidence are an 
inevitable result of his environment. Fertile 
soils, wives and children as laborers, a climate 
that makes but scant demands in the way of 
houses and clothing, are conditions not con- 
ducive to thrift or progress. 

The native black is still thinking in the 
terms of polygamy, idleness, and boundless 
pastures for cattle and goats, while the average 
white man is quite willing to let him dream on, 
so long as he is docile, makes a good servant, 
and is not too insistent in his demands. However, 
those good old days are gone forever and his 
dreams will never come true. In fact during 
the last few decades the native areas have been 
gradually reduced until in one province only one 
percent has been reserved for native occupancy. 
Natal leads with 43 percent and for this reason, 
there is great agitation here at present for fear 
that Natal will become a native dumping ground 
for tne other provinces. 

Thus we find the Bantu African bewildered 
by being hurled into a civilization two thousand 
years ahead of his own, and smarting under the 
loss of his land (his ancestral home from his 
viewpoint) and his cattle, his two great loves. 
Caught between the pressure of the Indian from 
below and the white man from above he stands 
in need of all the help that may be available. 

The land question is at white heat at present. 
Some natives live on locations, others on Mission 
Reserves and still others on farms owned by- 
white men. A few live on their own farms. In 
nearly all cases the holdings are extremely small, 
nine to thirteen acres, and the tenure very 

Is there scope for the independent native 
agriculturist in Natal? We believe so. He has 
failed in both industrial and commercial life, 
while on the other hand he already is a farmer, 
always has been and probably will so continue, 
if given opportunity under favorable conditions. 

Whether working in 



town or mine his real 
interest centers about 
the little home, the wife, 
and kiddies and the 
crops they are trying to 
raise. His social, relig- 
ious, political and domes- 
tic life all center about 
the cattle kraal and as a 
farm animal trainer the 
Zulu is without a peer. 
I only wish that you 
could see a Zulu driver 
in-spanning his team of 
sixteen oxen in a large 
open field. 

How may he be 
helped to solve his agri- 
cultural problems? We 
believe through instruc- 
tion in the theory and 
practice of agriculture. 
Our Mission has fifty- 
two day schools and two 
boarding schools. One 
of these is a Normal 
Training School. Agri- 
culture is taught in all 
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The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1925 


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sion, agricultural consulting work is not yet 
established and constant effort is needed to 
secure new business while at the same time 
conducting one's professional practice. Personal 
visits, correspondence and advertising must be 
continually kept up, for one cannot simply "hang 
out a shingle" to insure a lucrative business. 

Free government service is reaching its 
limit. Not only does the farmer make less of 
an effort to "get his money's worth" when he 
gets service free but the huge cost of rendering 
more specific service to the individual would be 
prohibitive. However, the state and federal 
governments can give increasingly better ser- 
vice at less cost if they will make a special effort 
to train men to do private consulting work 
among the farmers and then encourage farmers 
to employ them. As the function of law schools 
and engineering schools is to train lawyers and 
engineers to serve the public, so should the 
agricultural colleges train men to give service 
instead of trying to give so much service them- 
selves. Eventually competent agriculturists will 
serve groups of farmers who will pay for this 
service and farming counties will have their 
consulting agricultural engineers. These con- 
sultants will translate into practical results the 
technical information supplied them by the 
Experiment Stations and the U. S. Department 
of Agriculture. Already a step in this direction 
has been taken by the University of Illinois in 
organizing a farm accounting service which is 
paid for by the farmers. 

Qualifications. Those desiring to prepare 
for this profession should first consider whether 
they possess the necessary personal qualifica- 
tions. Essentials are: vigorous health and 
physique, endurance, keen observation, ability 
to grasp the salient facts quickly, business sense 
and integrity, truthfulness, courage, patience, 
persistence, energy, sympathy, tactfulness, cour- 
tesy, common sense and a good disposition. Be- 
sides having been farm raised or having had 
practical farm experience, thorough technical 
training is necessary. A desirable course would 
lay great emphasis on farm management, 
economics, accounting, business methods, and 
engineering (more engineering than is ordinarily 
taken), and special instruction should be given 
in the technique of making inspections, reports, 
development and operating plans, schedules, 
budgets and other practices of the agricultural 
engineer, with plenty of practical field work. 

Without five or ten years of actual experi- 
ence the agricultural graduate is not qualified to 
practice as a consultant because this is the only 
way he can acquire the sound judgment and wide 
familiarity with different agricultural conditions, 
practices and equipment which are his greatest 
assets. At present, unless one is fortunate 
enough to serve an apprenticeship with one of 
the few practicing agricultural engineers, the 
best available experience is that of county agent, 
extension agronomist or farm management 
specialist or railroad or bank agriculturist. A 
good start might be made as an engineer doing 
drainage, irrigation, terracing and farm survey- 
ing work or a man with a paying farm might do 
consulting work on the side. 

To become established in this profession 
three to five years and capital to live on must be 
allowed. The start is hard and the work involves 
being away from home, long hours and many 
discouragements. Most people think they know 
so much about agriculture that it is very difficult 
to carry out plans without interference, and free 
government service makes many think they 
should pay little or nothing for consulting ser- 
vice. An agricultural engineer should make an 
income at least equal to that of a county agent 
— and is his own boss. The young consultant 
may start his charges at $10 per day and ex- 
penses, working up to $25 per day. The more 
experienced man should charge up to $50 per 
day while the agricultural engineer with a 
reputation is worth up to $100 and more per 
day. The work is always interesting and offers 
a field for real service. 


No record has been found yet of 
trees planted on the campus by the classes 
of — 

'72 '85 

'80 '86 

'84 '87 

Where did these classes plant trees, 
if any, and what kind of trees? If you 
know write the Alumni Office, M.A.C., 
Amherst, Mass. 


sp'18 Miss C. Frances Whitney is giving 
up her position as an elementary teacher in 
Fort Washington, Penn., to enter the University 
of Pennsylvania as a full time student, with 
the expectation of graduating in a year with 
qualifications for supervision of rural schools. 

w'20 Frank C. Hale, Rowley, Mass., has 
a son, Junior, 2 years 4 months old, who is 
getting ready for Aggie. 

'22 "Abe" Krasker is running his second 
year of his camp, Indian Acres, at Fryeburg, 
Maine, very successfully. "Joe" Wood, the only 
member of the M.A.C. group at the Essex County 
Agricultural School, not yet married, won't 
admit he is anywhere near making the leap yet," 
writes H. A. Mostrom '16. 

'22 Otto Degener expects to leave the New 
York Botanical Garden and go to the Univer- 
sity of Hawaii about September 1. 

'22 Margaret Perry writes, "Have been 
obliged to resign my position as Assistant in 
Bacteiiology at Macdonald College, due to ill 
health. My plans for next year are still un- 
certain, but I hope to go back to college some- 
where as a student." 

'23 Donald MacCready is making good as 
a member of the Newark A. C. Track Team. He 
won eleven prizes for running this past winter. 
He is a member of the Metropolitan Champion 
(1925) Medley Relay Team. 

'23 Richard G. Wendell, principal of 
Middletown Springs, Vt. High School is to be- 
come instructor in English in the College of 
Woostei after October 1, 1925. 

w'23 Melvin B. Borgeson is a student at 
the School of Landscape Architecture, Harvard. 

'24 Sherman C. Frost has purchased a 
large apple orchard in Littleton, Mass. 

'24 Clarence W. Holway has acted as 
principal of the Montgomery Center (Vt.) 
High School this past year and expects to re- 
main for another year. 

'24 Kenneth S. Loring is Director of Boys' 
Activities at the Vermont Industrial School. 
He says "This job is most as bad as being 
college song leader." 

'24 Earle S. Carpenter is on a teaching 
fellowship at Iowa State College in the floricul- 
ture department. He expects to receive his 
M.S. in July. 

'24 Robert M. Darling writes, "I have a 
summer job at the Old Colony Trust Co. This 
meets the requirements of the school I am now 
attending, but does not indicate that I intend 
to take up banking for life. My present aim is 
a merchandising of agricultural products in 
which game I can use the invaluable information 
gleaned from both Dr. Cance and the Harvard 
Business School. H. H. Davis intends to market 
meats, I think. You see the business school has 
not taken us entirely apart from agriculture. It 
has rather given us a new approach to agricul- 
tural problems, in the light of business." 

'24 J. A. Elliott, hired hand on a fruit 
farm, says that he is enjoying his work to the 
limit and looking forward to seeing the M.A.C.- 
Amherst game this fall. 

'24 Sherman C. Frost now owns a 1600 tree 
orchard in Littleton, Mass. He is a neighbor to 
N. H. Whitcomb '89. 

'24 Patrick Gryzwacz is in the freshman 
class at the Medical School, Cornell University. 



(Continued, from Page 3) 
these schools. Our mission controls thirteen 
native reserves. These reserves are usually in 
the center of larger areas called locations while 
in the center of each is a small tract of land, to 
be used as mission farming lands. My work is 
to teach agriculture to all the normal students, 
and to foster agricultural work on the reserves. 
We have plans to farm these lands as sources 
of revenue for our work, and as demonstration 
plots from which the gospel of the soil shall 
radiate throughout the adjoining native areas. 
I also have a class of seven agricultural students. 
These boys will become agricultural teachers, 
demonstrators, etc. Thus we are trying to turn 
out men to become problem solvers as President 
Butterfield used to say about the M.A.C. boys. 
This is the first real attempt in Natal to fit boys 
for this most urgent type of work. We are to 
hold our first agricultural show here at Amanzim- 
toti Institute this coming May. And so here a 
bit and there a bit we are striving to raise better 
men and women through raising better crops 
and by increasing the yield to attract men to 
Him who giveth the increase. 

When you read about "The Color Bar" 
remember there is no color bar on the soil. It 
yields the same for black or white and its ulti- 
mate ownership is sure to go to him who uses it 
the best. By law there is no color bar; in prac- 
tice white labor insists on the color bar. 

When you hear about the "Black Peril" 
remember that it was first used by white men 
because the black man lacked civilization, but 
now it means that he fears the black man be- 
cause he has too much civilization. Having 
dreaded their savagery, we are now asked to 
dread equally their lack of savagery. 

Quoting Sir Frederick Lugard on what he 
regards as the true way out as regards the inter- 
relation of color "absolute equality in paths of 
knowledge and culture, equal opportunity for 
those who strive, in matters social and racial 
a separate path while preserving race purity 
and race pride." 

Again quoting Basil Matthews "Africa — 
the sphinx continent stands at the fork of the 
roads. Some call her down the steep slope of 
race domination, others beckon her up the 
difficult hill of race co-operation. The decision 
must be made in this generation. To that 
decision everyone will contribute. America will 
play her part through her educational enterprises 
with their adaption of curricula to the idea of 
training the Negro for life service in his commun- 
ity and through her large missionary enterprises 
in Africa itself." 

God grant that we may help these black 
people to choose the right path. As in a vision 
I sometimes see an offspring of M.A.C. called 
N.N.A.C.— Natal Native Agricultural College. 
Such an institution would be for the best 
interests of both races as we feel sure that the 
economic salvation of South Africa is most in- 
timately bound up with the agricultural progress 
of the native people. 

'24 Carroll V. Hill is working for John 
Noyes '12, landscape architect in St. Louis. 

'24 Wilfred C. Lane writes, "I left the 
Marshall Farm after the picking season and 
have since been connected with my father's 
clothing establishment. I shall probably con- 
tinue in this business and make it my life work 
rather than fruit growing, or, later, I may have 
a farm of my own and run it in connection witn 
my other work." 

'24 Russell Noyes plans to attend the 
Harvard Summer School of Education to start 
work on a Master's degree. 

F.G. Donald F. Fenn is associated with 
E. S. Moberg '15 and Earl Cromack '24, teaching 
agriculture at the Hampton Institute, Va. 

'24 J. L. Williams is returning to Sunder- 
land, Mass., for the summer. 

'81 Charles A. Bowman has recently re- 
covered from a severe illness. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1925 



Following a competition which actually re 
quired work on the part of competitors, the 
editor-in-chief, business manager, and heads of 
the art, photographic, statistics, and advertising 
departments of the 1927 Index were elected. 
There were five competitors for the two business 
offices and six for the five editorial posts. The 
head of the literary department has not yet 
been selected. 


"Sidney", a four act play of Elizabethan 
England, by Frank Prentice Rand, assistant 
professor of English , was presented at Commence- 
ment time by the Roister Doisters. The play 
was well received. The presentation of this play 
is largely due to the president of the society, 
Emil Corwin '25, who insisted that the Com- 
mencement play should be not only entertaining 
but academic in nature as well. (Copies of this 
play may be purchased from the Roister Doister 
Dramatic Association.) 

1926 "INDEX" OUT 

The 1926 Index is out. It is dedicated to 
the late Professor Hasbrouck and, in a sense, to 
President Butterfield as well. The make up 
follows closely that of the other Indexes of recent 


Members of judging teams will hereafter re- 
ceive certificates signed by the President and the 
coach of the particular team, in recognition of 
their participation in intercollegiate contests. 


Instead of the customary banquet at the 
close of the year, the Musical Clubs decided to 
purchase for each member a copy of David 
Grayson's Adventures in Contentment. 


Not only did the alumni present for the 
Academics Club breakfast Sunday, during 
Commencemment, hear the general manager 
report on the state of academics and they them- 
selves discuss the various publications and mass 
singing, but definite action was taken on several 

The club went on record as favoring the 
policy of awarding academics medals in an honor- 
ary way, but details were left to be woiked out 

H. J. Baker '11 was elected president of 
the Club, J. A. Crawford '20, vice-president, 
R. A. Mellen '21, secretary-treasurer, and B. F. 
Jackson '22 a member of the executive com- 

A committee was appointed to review the 
problem of the relations of two year men to 
academic activities and to report at a later 

An expression of regret was passed in the 
form of a motion, that the inter-class sing had 
been abolished. It was pointed out that before 
these class sings were founded the college had 
only one song and that the body of the songs 
now in the song book are a direct result of these 
sings. Action was taken toward the securing 
and offering of a $100 prize for a new college song. 


'09 Charles Howard White, realtor, is 
president of the Willis H. White & Sons Co., 
Real Estate; president of the Moses Brown School 
Alumni Association, and a trustee of the Moses 
Brown School. He has four children. 

'09 Harold J. Neale is director of the 
American Institute of Park Executives, com- 
missioner of the New Orleans Parking Commis- 
sion, and general superintendent and landscape 
architect for Audubon Park, New Orleans. 

'12 G. E. Merkle, in addition to his duties 
as chief chemist of Fiske Bros. Refining Co. has 
been elected technical director of the concern. 


The most radical actions taken by the 
student body during their spring forums were 
to abolish cheering at assemblies and to abandon 
the class singing at commencements. Editorial 
comment in the college paper and remarks by 
alumni on the campus this month indicate that 
the latter move, at least, was not so popular 
as it first appeared to be. Tentative steps are 
about to be taken to renew the interest of Aggie 
men in their singing, which has been at a low 
ebb ever since the resonant voice and fertile pen 
of Griggs were stilled by graduation back inl913. 


A considerable uproar was caused recently 
by unfavorable publicity that the Aggie pond 
parties received in the editorial columns of both 
the Springfield newspapers. The parties were 
referred to as relics of bestial barbarism, and were 
decorated and embellished by the rather mis- 
informed writers until we hardly recognized them 
as the rather tame, muddy duckings so dear to 
the hearts of many of the alumni. The upshot of 
the whole matter was the decision of Acting- 
President Lewis to abolish future pond parties. 
As the arena parties were made a thing of the 
past some little time ago, it looks as though the 
freshmen would now be obliged to work out their 
penances in some constructive way, such as 
mowing lawns or digging ditches. Perhaps that 
wouldn't be so bad, after all. It is a very true 
statement that some of the students have been 
making, that the men favored by a pond party 
have thought themselves honored rather than 
disgraced by the same, and have been more 
likely to break rules after the ducking than 


Twenty-eight students, two enlisted men, 
and Captain Hughes, all of the Aggie R.O.T.C, 
are to spend the summer at the cavalry camp at 
Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. The men will make 
the trip in the saddle, thirty-six horses carrying 
the men, equipment, and rations. The trip will 
consume about ten days, and cover 193 miles. 
After the camp is over, the men will return to 
Aggie in the same manner. This is the first time 
that such a trip has been attempted by men 
from any New England unit. 


The successor to the now defunct Squib, 
which is to be called The Inkhorn, will probably 
make its appearance on the campus next fall. 
This magazine will contain humor, essays, short 
stories, poetry, and all sorts of literary material 
of value that the undergraduate can produce. 
Some of the students are genuinely interested, 
and although many such magazines find a hard 
time to exist, hopes are being held out for a 
successful publication. 


An "All-Aggie" Art Exhibition, at which 
the drawings and paintings were all contributed 
by people connected with the college was held 
recently in Memorial Hall. 


Wallace F. Powers, assistant professor of 
Physics at Wesleyan University has been 
elected by the trustees as Professor and Head of 
the Department of Physics to fill the vacancy 
caused by the death of Professor Hasbrouck. 
Professor Powers graduated from Clark College 
in 1910 and pursued graduate study at Clark 
University from 1910 to 1914. He received the 
A.M. Degree in 1911 and the degree of Ph.D. in 
1914. From 1910 to 1913 he served as assistant 
in physics at Clark College; 1914 to 1916, associ- 
ate professor of mathematics and physics at the 
University of Richmond; 1917, instructor in 
physics at Simmons College; 1917 to 1920, 
instructor at New York University and assis- 
tant professor of physics at Wesleyan University 
since 1920. 



Forty-five men enjoyed the Varsity Club 
breakfast meeting at commencement, when 
many old-time football stars had their fling. 
Luther Shimer '88 came from Pennsylvania to 
tell of the days when he captained an Aggie 
football team. His stories were approved or 
enlarged by Pop Clark '87 and E. F. Richard- 
son '87. 

Cook '01 told how his team beat Amherst 
on a field of mud, and related many other 
interesting tales. 

Bill Munson '05 (Roaring Bill) was exposed 
as having played under the name of Randall 
and as such having been mentioned by Walter 
Camp for his mythical all-American team. 
Lewis and Munson were present representing 
"Aggie's three horsemen" and a period of Aggie 
football acclaimed as the most brilliant in its 

We who are not football stars enjoyed many 
a thrill as these tales were told and we can 
guess from the twinkling eyes and interspersed 
comments that a good time was had by all. 


A. F. Shiverick '82 was elected president of 
the club for the ensuing year as a tribute to his 
great interest in Aggie athletics. The following 
officers were also elected: 

R. D. Hawley 'IS 


L. S. Walker '05 

Executive Committee 

E. F. Richardson '87, Chairman 

F. S. Clark '87 Arthur Hubbard '09 

C. F. Clark "22 S. A. Dole '15 

H. M. Gore '13 

The secretary reported that the roster of 

the club contained 101 names and that the 

treasury held $96.39. 


Six wins, eight losses and two ties is the 
record of the baseball team this year, and all 
who saw the commencement game will say "how 
did they do it?" It is a curious thing, one of 
the ironies of fate we might say, that just the 
day before our commencement game we beat 
Connecticut on their own sand lot. But the 
game we wanted most to win we lost miserably. 

Considering the fact that this year's team 
was practically a new team built around three 
of last year's regulars, its record is quite com- 


John B. Temple '26 is the recipient of many 
honors. Captain-elect of basketball, his leader- 
ship and versatility are still further acclaimed 
by election to the captaincy of baseball. He was 
also awarded the Southern Alumni Baseball Cup 
for being of greatest value to the team during 
the past season. 

Captain Herbert J. Marx was awarded the 
Allan Leon Pond Memorial Football Medal for 
having best exemplified on the 1924 team the 
spirit of him in whose memory the medal is 


Robert B. Moore '88 and A. C. McCloud 
'90 have sent Coach Gore photographs of the 
1881 and 1889 football teams. 


World Aggie Night is coming right 
along and by the time the September 
ALUMNI BULLETIN (the next issue) 
is out it will be almost too late to make 
arrangements for a good meeting. There- 
fore, if any alumnus feels that a meeting 
should be held in his locality he should 
make sure that it will by dropping a line 
to the alumni office, at once. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, June 25, 1925 


'13 E. H. Bodfish and family have gone to 
Sebring, Florida, where Mr. Bodfish is to super- 
intend the work on a layout of a sub-division. 

'13 H. F. Jones is vice president of the 
Mexican Pacific R. R. Co. and American con- 
sular agent. 

'13 Captain Albert J. Kelley, a drill in- 
structor in the Boston Schools, won first and 
second place in the inter-regimental meet (17 
odd high schools with 200 odd companies). 
Hyde Park High School Company won first and 
Jamaica Plain High School Company second. 

'13 Joseph A. Macone is treasurer, Macone 
Bros., Inc., Concord, agents for Chrysler, 
Maxwell, and Wills St. Claire cars, and also 
proprietor of Macone's Farm. 

'13 Clyde M. Packard received the M.S. 
degree in entomology at the University of 
California in May. 

'14 Melville B. Calvert writes, "About the 
time you receive this letter I will have spent two 
years in one stay at different points on the 
Island of Jamaica at altitudes varying from a 
few feet to about 2600 feet above sea level. 
Sometimes I sleep under a sheet and a hanging 
mosquito net. At other times a sheet, blanket 
and spread have been welcome. The former is 
the case tonight by the sea as I listen to the 
waves of the Carribean Sea. The commence- 
ment program is attractive and I would enjoy 
attending it if I were back in New England." 

'14 The many friends of Dr. and Mrs. 
David A. Coleman were greatly shocked at the 
recent news of Mrs. Coleman's death. Mrs. 
Coleman was frequently a guest at the banquets 
of the Washington Club, and had endeared her- 
self to all. 

'14 Stanley B. Freeborn has been promoted 
from Assistant Professor of Entomology at the 
University of California to Associate Professor 
of Entomology and Associate Entomologist of 
the Experiment Station. 

'14 The engagement of Louis A. Webster 
of Blackstone to Miss Georgia F. Wathen of 
Woonsocket, R. I. is announced. 

'15 Ralph E. Tower writes, "Have family 
of three (2 girls and a boy) of 8, 5, and 1 years. 
I have lived all over the continent but I have 
now bought a place and settled down. Am 
carrying on much farming on a city lot 20' x 100'. 

'16 Harold A. Mostrom has two boys, 
Robert (nearly six) and Donald (three). 

w'16 S. Don Sherinyan has cut his name 
down to Sherin. He is factory representative 
for Moon Car Co. located with W. K. Weideman 
Co., Minneapolis. 

'17 Fred Mather '17 and Walter Rollins 
'22 are being graduated from Cornell University 
Medical College this June. 

'17 Carleton Stearns and H. T. Stowell 
have charge of the market garden plant at the 
Essex County Agricultural School. Stearns has 
a large vegetable compartment in the new 
greenhouse at school. Stowell has been Master 
of the Danvers Grange for the past year. 

'18 P. M. Gifford has been elected prin- 
cipal of Smith Academy, Hatfield, to begin work 
in September. 

'18 Oliver G. Pratt is secretary and treas- 
urer of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens' and 
Foresters' Association. 

'19 Henry J. Burt has been appointed 
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio Wesley- 
an University, Delaware, Ohio, for next year. 

'19 Howard L. Russell writes that he 
attended the Michigan Aggie banquet and saw 
Prexy and Mrs. Butterfield royally greeted by 
their Detroit alumni. 

'19 Irving B. Stafford is planning to 
"flivver" to the west coast with his wife and 
another young couple this summer. 

'20 Harry B. Berman is a member of Bnai 
Brith Lodge, Local 728, president of the 
Holyoke Y.M.H.A., and a member of the 
Hampden County Improvement League. 

'20 W. M. Dewing writes, "No news, just 
working my fool head off traveling in the State 
of Maine." 









his classmates D 
Hitchcock of Warren, 
George H. T. Babbitt 
of Cnicopee, and Ed- 
ward Gillett of South- 
wick, John A. Hobbs 
'74 from Portland, Ore- 
gon, visited the cam- 
pus on May 16th, for 
the first time since 
graduation, fifty-one 
years ago. 

The four visitors 
had dinner in the col- 
lege dining hall, and 
posed for a picture 
under their class tree. 

Of the many build- 
ings now on the cam- 
pus only two — North 
College and Botanic 
N ursery now the 
Physics Laboratory 
were used by the class 
of 1874. 


w'09 Twin daughters, Lois and Marion, to 
Thomas W. and Evangeline Simmons Bean, on 
January 23, 1925. 

'10 A daughter, Helen Warren, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank L. Thomas, January 31, 1925. 

'13 A son, Norwood Wheeler, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Alyan H. Bullard, May 13, 1925. 

'18 A daughter, Mavis Hawthorne, to 
Nathan W. and Esthei Waugh Gillette, May 1, 

w'18 Twins, Robert and Richard, to 
Leland C. and Bertha Parsons Allen, May 14, 

'19 A son, Richard Henrv, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Henry J. Burt, March 22, 1925. 

'19 A son, Roger Williams, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Stewart P. Batchelder, February 1, 1925. 

'20 A son, Eliot Mansfield Jr., to Eliot 
M. and Nellie Streeter Buffum, May 18, 1925. 

'21 A daughter, Betty Jean, to Albert D. 
and Gladys Bower Long, June 8, 1925. 

'21 A daughter, Nancy Kaupp, to Fred 
K. and LeNare England Zercher, June 12, 1925. 

'23 A son, Roger Millard, to Mason W. 
and Dorothy Turner Alger, April 30, 1925. 



The Washington Club, reports the secretary, 
Perez Simmons, has been meeting for luncheon 
since January, on the last Thursday of each 
month. Twenty other news items, mostly con- 
cerning publications by alumni, accompanied 
this general item. 


133 Frederick Leon Taylor to Miss Guenn 
Percival Quimby, June 2, 1925, 'Watertown, 

'17 Almon W. Spaulding to Miss Frances 
Cowles, May 23, 1925, Hartford, Conn. 

'20 H. L. Harrington is now in Wenatchee, 
connected with the horticultural inspection de- 

'20 & '08 W. K. Luce has been co-operat- 
ing with Dr. W. S. Regan '08 in some spraying 
experiments at Wenatchee. Dr. Regan is in- 
vestigating spray materials for the California 
Spray Cnemical Co. 

'20 H. Stuart Ortloff writes, "If you would 
like a choice bit for your chatty columns of class 
news you might tell 'em all that I have purchased 
a twenty acre farm and not only expect to show 
what an agricultural college can do, but expect 
to make the natives take notice. Have already 
started cover crops much to their disgust. 
"Ain't no money in that," says one recently. 
No, the truth is I wanted a place of my own for 
reasons of comfort, and again I have started in 
to raise the perennials for the gardens I do. 
Can't seem to be able to buy sizable ones at the 
nurseries around New York." 


Acting President Edward M. Lewis was the 
speaker of the occasion, Tuesday, May 19, at 
the annual meeting of the M.A.C. Fairfield 
County Alumni Association held near the lake 
at Conyers Manor, Greenwich, Conn. 

The president brought an interesting 
message of the activities at the college and 
paid a tribute to the successful athletic teams. 
He stressed the fine relationship of the student 
body and the faculty and the high scholarship 

Trie following alumni were present: H. D. 
Oppe '20, Horace Reed '08, George A. Drew '97, 
A. W. Meserve '20, E. F. Market w'26, R. E. 
Steers '24, John Poor '24 of Greenwich; L. M. 
Johnson '11 of Danbury; H. A. Brown '13 of 
Port Chester; A. Edgerton '14 of Milford; H. 
A. Noyes '12 of Sound Beach; W. B. MacGeorge 
'20, James Maples '20 and H. E. L>ons '20 of 
New York City, F. A. Bartlett '05, T. H. Reu- 
man '18, John C. Campbell '16, W. M. Sears '05, 
Arthur McCoy '22 of Stamford. 

F. A. Bartlett, president of the Association, 
was the toastmaster of the occasion and pre- 
sented President Lewis at the conclusion of the 
meal, which was served in the open near the 
lake. Preparations for the excellent menu were 
made by Mrs. George Drew, Mrs. F. A. Bartlett, 
Mrs. Horace Reed, Mrs. A. Edgerton and Mrs. 
T. H. Reuman. 

'21 Phil Armstrong is at Cornell University 
Medical College and is a teaching fellow in 
anatomy. He will spend his summer studying 
and working at research work with Dr. Stockard, 
professor of anatomy. He is on the Phi Club 
(which corresponds to the Senate at M.A.C). 

'21 Lawrence M. Cooper says he "will be 
taking new duties about himself the middle of 
next month." He expects to be farming back in 
the New England States next year. 

'22 C. R. Vinten is occupied at present on 
layout of a subdivision in Sebring, Florida. He 
is having a lot of fun watching the real estate 
boom and dabbling some himself. 



Vol. VII. 

Amherst, Massachusetts, September 25, 1925 

No. 2 

AT M. A. C. 

From 1867 to the Present Time 


Having recently had occasion to look up 
some information on the subject of greenhouse 
history at M.A.C., the thought occurred to the 
writer that this material might prove of interest 
to some of the alumni, especially those who are 
engaged in floricultural work of one kind or 
another. . 

The first greenhouses were built in 1867, 
the year when the college opened its doors to 
its first class of students, so that floriculture is 
as old as the college. These houses were provided 
through the generosity of Dr. Nathan Durfee 
of Fail River, a member of the original board of 
trustees and for several years treasurer of the 
board. Mr. Durfee gave the sum of $10,000 for 
the erection of the houses and in his honor they 
were named the Durfee Plant Houses. They 
were built by F. A. Lord of Syracuse, New York, 
founder of the present firm of Lord and Burnham 
Company which in 1908 built the greenhouses 
attached to French Hall. They covered five 
thousand square feet of surface and were of the 
curvilinear or curved roof type of construction, 
designed primarily for conservatory plants and 
for display purposes. Therefore, it is not sur- 
prising to learn that in the next few years, the 
houses were reported as not being satisfactory 
for the production of plants according to com- 
mercial methods. Neither did they provide 
sufficient space for in 1872 request was made for 
additional houses. 

The first work in floriculture was given in 
the college year 1869-1870 by Dr. W. S Clark, 
president of the college and professor of horti- 
culture. It was offered in the junior year and 
was described as "Lectures on the Construction 
and Management of Plant Houses and the Culti- 
vation of Plants Under Glass." Thus it is 
evident that the class of 1871, the first class to 
be graduated from the college received the first 
instruction in floriculture. A member of this 
class, Willard C. Ware, was given charge of the 
greenhouses on his graduation. 

In 1877 a greenhouse one hundred teet long 
and seventeen feet wide, to be used for propagat- 
ing purposes, was built with funds loaned by 
William Knowlton, a member of the State Board 
of Agriculture and the founder of the Knowlton 
Herbarium of the Department of Botany. 
Much of the work of building the house was done 
by students, indicating that instruction in 
floriculture was practical as well as theoretical 
in nature. This house is not standing at present. 

The Durfee Plant Houses were seriously 
damaged by fire in January, 1883. The story 
as told in the words of Professor Maynard m 
his annual report to President Greenough is as 
follows: . 

"About 8 o'clock in the evening ot January 
23rd, fire was discovered in the work-room, but 
it had gained such headway that nothing could 
save the main building. The students were soon 
on the grounds, and by the use of light snow, 
which was abundant, the two wings — the lily 
and stove rooms, and the propagating pits were 
saved, although the plants within them were 
very much injured. At this time the thermom- 
eter indicated eight degrees below zero, and as 
soon as the flames were under control, stoves 
were procured, by which means, and covering 

*Head of the Department of Floriculture at M. A. C. 

FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 1925 

Radio Program from WBZ 


World Aggie Night has been set for 
Friday, November 13. Meetings will be 
held as usual (see the list on page 3). 
Alumni who can not attend meetings may 
still "listen in" on the radio program from 
WBZ (333, 900) broadcasted from 10.20 
to 11.20 p. m., Eastern Standard Time. 

The radio program, while not yet 
definitely planned will include a talk by 
Acting President Lewis, quartette or 
double quartette numbers, vocal solos, 
and instrumental numbers. There will be 
a good mixture of college songs. Alumni, 
students, and possibly faculty members 
will take part. 

Attend a meeting if you can — but if 
you can't have the whole cake take part — 
listen in anyway. 

The October Bulletin will carry more 

By the way — if no meeting is planned 
in your home town and you feel there 
should be one write to the Alumni Office 
and say so. World Aggie Night is a time 
for neighborhood meetings. 

the sides of the houses with mats the tempera- 
ture within was kept above freezing until the 
boiler and pipes could be repaired, which was 
not until the afternoon of the 25th. 

"During the summer and fall the parts of 
the building destroyed have been replaced by 
structures which are thought to be much more 
ornamental and are certainly more convenient 
and better adapted to the work of the depart- 

Two propagating houses, each seventy-five 
feet long and eighteen feet wide, were erected 
in 1889 on the site of the present Pit of the 
Department of Floriculture. This would place 
them on the north side of the Plant Houses 
erected in 1867. 

In 1892 the Durfee Plant Houses were 
rebuilt and others added, giving the range 
practically the same appearance that it has 
today. What remains of one of the original 
sills may yet be seen in the first octagon erected 
in 1867. It is only a question of time until the 
Plant Houses will have to be torn down unless 
extensive repairs are made in the near future. 
(Continued on Page 2) 


The Trustees of the College and the 
Alumni Committee on Administration 
after a number of conferences have come 
to agreement upon the items which 
should be included in a bill to restore to 
the Trustees powers and responsibilities 
necessary for proper administration of 
the College. This report of progress is 
encouraging. Full details of the bill will 
be published as soon as it is drafted. 


Three Leaders in Three Fields 


It was easy enough for me to consent to 
write an article on this subject when asked to 
do so. However, when I see before me a list of 
more than sixty alumni (not a complete list 
either) who are actively engaged in some phase 
of floricultural work, or in work very closely 
allied to floriculture (not including graduates in 
Landscape Gardening), I must admit that I 
rather hesitate at making the attempt. It has 
therefore seemed desirable to select three men 
from this number, men who are outstanding in 
the field of floriculture and whose names are 
best known and most frequently heard among 
the members of the floricultural profession. 


One man whom I would include in this 
group is Alexander W. Montgomery '98. A man 
in the floricultural profession does not need to 
be told who Mr. Montgomery is, but to the 
others we would say that he is known, not only 
in this country but in foreign countries as well, 
for the roses which he has originated, especially 
roses for forcing purposes. Apparently his 
interest in floriculture was strongly evident dur- 
ing his undergraduate days if we may judge from 
the poetry of a classmate in the '98 Index; we 
would like to quote it, but it seems best to spare 
Mr. Montgomery's feelings. His pamphlet, 
"The History and Culture of Grafted Roses 
for Forcing," is to our knowledge the best thing 
that has ever been published on this subject. 
It was written when he had been out of college 
a few years and we have been told that its publi- 
cation was the means of obtaining a new shot 
gun. Further proof of his literary ability is 
shown in the fact that he was editor-in-chief of 
the '98 Index (but he didn't write the poetry). _ 

Located in Hadley, and associated with his 
father and brother, he is devoting much of his 
time to his rose breeding work. Their green- 
houses cover approximately 100,000 square feet 
and are devoted exclusively to roses. To the 
grower of greenhouse roses it requires only the 
names of such roses as Mrs. Charles Russell, 
Hadley, Pilgrim, Crusader, Commonwealth, and 
Templar, the latest introduction, to recall the 
name of Alexander W. Montgomery. 


Wallace R. Pierson '01, most commonly 
known as "Wally", should unquestionably be 
included. His father, A. N. Pierson, came to 
this country from Sweden as a young man with 
only a few dollars in his pocket and in 1872 
founded a greenhouse business in Cromwell, 
Connecticut, which has now become the largest 
establishment east of Chicago. The business, 
known as A. N. Pierson Inc., is now under the 
direct management of "Wally" according to our 
latest information. An observation trip to this 
establishment is required annually of those 
students who are majoring in the Department 
of Floriculture. Figures in such a case may not 
mean much but they will at least convey an 
impression as to the magnitude of the business; 
there are 846,000 square feet under glass (about 
20 acres) ; 340,000 rose plants are grown ; 200,000 
chrysanthemum plants of which about one-half 
are Pierson seedlings; seven acres of the Lily-of- 
the- Valley to provide pips for forcing, 1,250,000 
(Continued on Page 2) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, September 25, 1925 


Published monthly at Amherst, Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M. A. C. 
Member of The Alumni Magazines Associated 

Subscription Ppice 

$1.00 per year 

Included in the $2.00 dues of 

members of the Associate 


Entered as second class matter, March 17* 
1920, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass.i 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, 

William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
John A. Crawford '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
Miss Mary Foley '24 

Ernest S. Russell '16) 

Richard A. Mellen '21 j 
M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 

ex officio 




Henry N. W. Rideout died in Somerville, 
Mass., January 11, 1925, in his sixty-first year. 
He was a prominent figure in his class at M.A.C. 
from the time he entered until he graduated in 
1887. He was always congenial and was con- 
sidered the best dressed member of his class. He 
was the best penman and plainest writer in his 
class and as a penman he had few if any equals. 
Employed since his graduation by the Boston 
& Maine Railroad as Assistant Paymaster, he 
was trusted with thousands of dollars and sent 
to different parts of New England where the 
employees were paid by him from a car run over 
the road for the purpose. 

His death was sudden and unexpected. He 
was taken suddenly ill while attending a social 
function with his wife at the home of a close 
friend of theirs. 

He attended the commencement exercises 
at his Alma Mater in June 1924. He always 
took a keen interest in the progress of the 
College and in the welfare of his classmates to 
whom he was known as "Bede" Rideout. 

His ancestors were of the Old New England 
stock dating back to the Puritans. The Rideout 
family was prominent socially in Quincy and 
Boston for years. His father died about five 
years ago leaving Henry and two other sons. 

He married Mary E. Johns, who survives 
him. They had no children. 

/. J. Shaughnessy w'87 


He gave his life to save another's. Herbert 
O. Russell, a prominent onion grower and dealer 
in Hadley, was drowned August 28, 1925 in the 
Connecticut River after rescuing a woman who 
had got into deep water. He is survived by his 
wife and three children. 


Lt. Arthur R. Houghton, U.S.N. , was killed 
in the wreck of the Shenandoah, on September 
3, 1925. 


Amherst, July 1. — A cablegram has been 
received announcing the death of Prof. Herman 
Babson, formerly instructor in languages at 
Massachusetts Agricultural College. He leaves 
his mother, Mrs. F. A. Babson, and one sister, 
Mrs. C. A. Wright of Belmont. He has recently 
been connected with the University of Wisconsin, 
and was returning from a trip around the world 
when stricken. Burial will be in Switzerland. 
A newspaper clipping. 


A faculty committee was appointed 
last spring to assist alumni in securing 
positions or in employing graduates of 
the College. This committee is still 
active. All communications to this com- 
mittee should be addressed to Ralph J. 
Watts, Secretary, M.A.C, Amherst. 



The Executive Committee of the Board of 
Directors met on August 3, 1925. The Advisory- 
Editorial Committee was appointed as listed in 
the mast-head of this issue. Five Memorial 
Building pledges were considered and steps 
taken to collect two. One was listed as uncollec- 
table. Other matters were considered but no 
definite action taken. 


Sustaining memberships have been received 
since reported last May from W. D. Russell '71, 
William Wheeler '71, F. K. Barrows w'73, W. 
O. Smith w'73, J. A. Barri '75, E. B. Bragg '75, 
Atherton Clark '77, Frederick Tuckerman '78, 
C. E. Beach '82, David Goodale '82, A. F. 
Shiverick '82, C. S. Plumb '82, Daniel Willard 
w'82, G. H. Barber '85, B. A. Tekirian '85, F. 
S. Clark w'87, J. T. Hutchings '89, F. L. Taylor 
'90, W. H. Whitcomb w'90, H. B. Emerson '92 
(part), Elliot Rogers '92, H. J. Harlow '93, J. R. 
Perry '93, T. S. Bacon '94, H. W. Lewis '95, 
Salome Sastre '96, A. W. Morrill '00, Albert 
Parsons '03, J. G. Curtis '07, C. M. Parker '07, 
T. H. Jones '08, D. J. Caffrey '09, M. S. Hazen 
'10, H. J. Baker '11, S. R. Parsons '11, F. D. 
Griggs '13, H. F. Jones '13, R. W. Warner '14, 
M. J. McNamara ' 17, and F. C. Hale w'20 (part) 


Since the annual dues notice was mailed 
the following have contributed to the Alumni 
Fund: E. B. Smead '71, J. B. Minor '73, A. T. 
Wakefield '73, G. H. T. Babbitt '74, J. A. Barri 
'75, David Goodale '82, H. J. Wheeler '83, H. 
C. Bliss '88, H. B. Emerson '92, J. S. Williams 
w'95, Salome Sastre '96, B. H. Smith '99, W. E. 
Tottingham '03, G. H. Allen '05, G. T. French '06 
J. G. Curtis '07, F. C. Peters '07, S. R. Parsons 
'11, H. F. Willard '11, C. C. Pearson '12, E. J. 
Robinson '12, M. B. Calvert '14, F. M. Andrews 
'16, D. S. Francis w'17, R. W. Hurlburt '18, 
H. R. McRae '18, S. P. Batchelder '19, G. R. 
Lockwood '21, J. A. Elliott '24, R. S. Loring 
'24, Russell Noyes '24, W. W. Wood '24, and 
Miss Dorothy Rose F. G. The largest contri- 
bution was for one hundred dollars. 


Receipts on the Memorial Building Fund 
have come in rather slowly during the summer, 
$1,191.07, (including an additional contribu- 
tion of $100 from an alumnus who had already 
paid his original pledge), having been received 
since June 1st. Final payments have been made 
on 21 pledges. Another $500 has been paid on 
the principal of the note reducing it to $8,500 
and $265.84 interest was paid early in September. 


On September 10, 1925 receipts for the 
fiscal year totaled $1,678.79 and expenditures 
$961.92, including the deficit carried from 
1924-25, leaving $716.87 cash on hand. Receipts 
in ordinary memberships were $144 higher than 
the amount received on September 10, 1924 and 
sustaining memberships receipts $214 higher. 
Slightly over half the budget requirements 
($3,000) has been raised. Approximately $1,000 
more is expected from ordinary memberships 
and $200 more from sustaining. 


(Continued from Page i) 
It is possible that the present fall will see the 
removal of the house previously known as the 
Camellia House. 

The Cold Grapery, twenty-five feet long 
and eighteen feet wide, was erected in 1892-1893. 
It is used now by the Department of Vegetable 
Gardening, but it has not housed a crop of 
grapes for many years. For those who do not 
recognize the house from its name, it is the lean- 
to house on the south side of the Vegetable 
Gardening Pit; part of it is used for storage 
purposes. The Upper Greenhouse of the De- 
partment of Floriculture, thirty-six feet by 
seventy-five feet, and the lean-to of the Depart- 
ment of Vegetable Gardening, forty-two feet by 
thirty-two feet, were also erected in the 90s. 

The Legislature of 1907-1908 appropriated 
the sum of $34,000 for the erection of a range of 
greenhouses and an attached teaching building. 
This amount was apportioned as follows: teach- 
ing building (the north half of French Hall) 
$15,000; greenhouses, $17,000; equipment for 
both $2,000. The greenhouses were erected in 
1908 by the Lord and Burnham Company, as 
stated previously. By vote of the Trustees the 
building was named French Hall in honor of 
Henry D. French the first president of the 
college and the greenhouses were to be continued 
as the "Durfee Plant Houses". With the 
addition of the south half in 1913-1914,' French 
Hall has become one of the most beautiful build- 
ings on the campus. It is hoped that the next 
step in development will be the addition of a 
range of conservatory houses to the present 
Durfee range, allowing for the removal of the 
old Durfee Plant Houses. 


(Continued from Page i) 
being forced annually; 125,000 lilies forced 
annually; over 500,000 roses grafted and sold 
for greenhouse planting. These are only a few 
of the items that might be mentioned. 

In addition to directing such a- business 
"Wally" has also found time to enter into politics 
representing his district in the State Senate of 
Connecticut. Two years ago, when he was vice- 
president of the Society of American Florists and 
Ornamental Horticulturists, his apparently tire- 
less energy and conscientious attention to details 
made the 29th Annual Convention of that 
Society an outstanding success. Undoubtedly he 
would have been elected president of the Society 
at that convention if he had not gracefully and 
generously declined the nomination in favor of a 
personal friend whom he had nominated at the 
previous convention but who had not been elec- 
ted at that time. 


The third man whom I would include in 
this group is Edward A. White '95, head of the 
Department of Floriculture at Cornell Univer- 
sity and the present leader in the field of flori- 
cultural education. In 1907 he organized at 
M.A.C. the first separate Department of Flori- 
culture established in a state college or university 
and remained as head of the department until 
he went to Cornell in 1913. For those students 
who never took work under Professor White the 
most vivid recollection of him may perhaps be 
associated with a certain chapel exercise when a 
repeating alarm clock fulfilled its purpose on 
one of the beams far above his head. But for 
those who have come under his influence, he is 
remembered as a man keen and enthusiastic in 
his work and showing a great personal interest 
in his students. Four Aggie alumni, trained 
under Professor White, are now in charge of the 
floricultural work at four state colleges; and 
four men from other institutions who have come 
under his influence are similarly located. His 
textbooks "Principles of Floriculture" and 
"Principles of Flower Arrangement" are being 
used in various educational institutions. As 
chairman of the Committee on Education of the 
Society of American Florists and Ornamental 
Horticulturists he is making earnest efforts to 
arouse the men of the trade to the value of 
educational training. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, September 25, 1925 



Two Assistant Professors have been ap- 
pointed to the faculty; Mr. Leon R. Quinlan of 
Landscape Gardening and Mr. M. J. Markuson 
of Rural Engineering. The former graduated 
from the Colorado Agricultural College in 1921 
and subsequently from the school of Landscape 
Gardening of Harvard University. The latter is 
a graduate of the University of Minnesota and 
has taught for two years at the Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute. 

Dr. Frederick R. Butler, a new instructor 
in Chemistry, graduated from Worcester Poly- 
technic Institute in 1920 and received his Ph.D. 
degree from Harvard last June. 

Other appointments during the summer to 
the teaching staff are Luther B. Arrington '23, 
Instructor in Horticulture; Paul Keller, Boston 
University '25, Instructor in German; Merrill 
J. Mack, Pennsylvania State College, Instructor 
in Dairying; George F. Shumway '25, Instructor 
in Mathematics; and Malcolm E. Tumey '25, 
Instructor in Physical Education. Captain 
Daniel J. Keane, Cavalry, has been detailed as 
Assistant Professor of Military Science and 

Miss May E. Foley, a graduate of Michigan 
Agricultural College, has been appointed Exten- 
sion Assistant Professor of Nutrition, and 
Warren D. Whitcomb '17, Assistant Research 
Professor of Entomology. 


Early in September a fire started in the hay 
stored in the Cavalry Barn and the loft was 
ablaze the entire length of the barn before the 
fire was discovered. The barn was a complete 
loss but the few horses in the barn at the time 
and a small part of the equipment were saved. 
College authorities are trying to have the barn 
replaced at once. 


The new cement walk along the road from 
the entrance of the campus has been extended 
and the old walk removed. A new tar walk has 
been constructed from near the Drill Hall to 
Paige Laboratory (Veterinary Science Building). 
Several new parking spaces have been built. 
Last, but not least, the orchards have been 


Special appropriations amounting to $434, 
725 have been asked for by the Trustees of the 
College for buildings and construction work which 
they feel is needed at once. The request includes 
$150,000 for a freshman dormitory, $150,000 for 
the first unit of a gymnasium, $60,000 for a 
horticultural manufactures laboratory, $16,450 
for a women's gymnasium and equipment, 
$10,500 for grading the area south of the athletic 
field, $21,000 for a practice house for home 
economics, and smaller amounts for roads, 
walks, steam lines, repairs to the Physics Build- 
ing, a farm house, and additional land for the 
Cranberry Station in East Wareham. 


The total freshman registration on Septem- 
ber 17th was 175, including 137 boys and 38 
girls. These figures will be raised, however, by 
late comers. Compared with last year's final 
registration of 184 (153 boys and 31 girls) this 
is very favorable. There are fewer "repeats" 
in this year's class; about two-thirds of the 
twenty-eight who were admitted, but had not 
registered, have written to request that their 
credits be held over as they could not come due 
to financial conditions; and at least a dozen who 
would have been admitted before were not 
accepted this year due to a change in entrance 
requirements requiring certificate grade for units 
offered under the free margin. The 203 accepted 
represent about one half of the applicants. A 
few more may be accepted. 


Under the new system of coaching for 
Academics, Mr. Ralph J. Watts '07, secretary 
of the College, will serve as advisor of academics 
managers. He will devote one evening a week 
to coaching them in their bookkeeping and 
business methods. 

The coaches for the other activities will re- 
main the same as last year. Professor Ivan T. 
Gorokhoff of Smith will coach the Musical Clubs; 
Mr. Walter A. Dyer, the publications; Professor 
Walter E. Prince, the debating team; and Pro- 
fessor Frank Prentice Rand, dramatics. 



In the list following, only the name of the 
chairman who have definitely accepted are given. 
Twenty-five others have been asked but no 
favorable reply had been received when this 
Bulletin went to press. 

Los Angeles— C. H. Griffin '04, 2111 S. 
San Pedro St. 

Bridgeport — Mark M. Richardson '23, 769 

Ivanstan Ave. 
Stamford — Theodore H. Reumann '18, 12 

Spring St. 
Willimantic— W. A. Dawson' 01, 16 John- 
ston Ave. 
D. C: 

Washington — Perez Simmons' 16, 118 Willow 
Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 
Florida: Miami— J. Gerry Curtis w'07, 804 

Brickell Ave. 
Georgia: Atlanta — D.L.Stockbridgesp '17,% M. 

Rich & Bros. 
Iowa: Ames — Robert L. Jones '20, Dept. of 

Chemistry, Iowa State College. 
Kentucky: Valley Station — R. E. Nute '14. 

New Orleans— Harold J. Neale '09, 1303 
Calhoun St. 

Amherst— R. H. Verbeck '08, M.A.C. 
Concord — James W. Dayton '13, 47 Moody 

St., Waltham. 
Fitchburg— Dr. H. D. "Clark '93, Pearl Hill 

Greenfield— K. A. Barnard '22, Shelburne 

Springfield— Herbert W. Headle '13, 
Newton Ave., West Springfield. 
Michigan: East Lansing — R. P. Lymon '92, 

429 Hillcrest Ave. 
New Hampshire: Durham — L. V. Tirrell '19 
New York: 

Albany — Richard W. Smith '17, Cambridge 
Buffalo— Milford H. Clark Jr. '07, 310 West 

Utica St. 
(New York City Alumni will not meet on 
World Aggie Night; Syracuse Alumni 
will go to Ithaca.) 
Ohio: Cleveland— H. E. Weatherwax '24, 46 L4 
Prospect St. 
Columbus — Dr. J. F. Lyman '05, 

143 Brighton Rd. 
(Dayton Alumni will go to Columbus.) 
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia — H.G.Mattoon '16, 
224 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore. 
Pittsburgh:— Tell W. Nicolet '14, 28 Acad- 
emy Ave., Mt. Lebanon. 
Washington: Wenatchee — William A. Luce '20, 
P. O. Box 224. 


In the June Alumni Bulletin the 
articles on M.A.C. men in Horticultural 
Manufactures were written by Professor 
Walter W. Chenoweth, head of the 



Football is in the air and we are all begin- 
ning to anticipate the thrill of the first kick-off. 
Twenty-four men reported to Coach Gore on 
September tenth for the first practice of the 
season. Among these are seven letter men: 
Capt. Jones, end; Gavin, guard; Couhig, center; 
Thurlow, guard; Gustafson, quarterback; Sulli- 
van, halfback; and Hilyard, fullback. Of course 
it is early to make predictions about the line-up, 
but we can mention possibilities. In the back- 
field, two sophomores, Thompson of Greenfield, 
and "Red" Mahoney of Westfield look promising 
for the one vacant position there. Cook of 
Waverly and Malley of Watertown are bidding 
strong for the end position opposite Capt. Jones. 
Coach Gore is evidently planning to make a 
tackle out of Gavin, last year's big guard. 
Fessenden of Middleboro, six feet two senior, 
and Walter Marx of Holyoke, brother of last 
year's captain, look able to fill a tackle position. 
Baker of Springfield and Cartwright of North- 
ampton are making strong bids for the other 
guard position. 

As "Pop" Clark says, "There's no question 
about our having a good team this year, but 
what about next?" Practically the whole team 
is made up of seniors and Coach Gore says he 
has the smallest squad to work with that has 
reported since he has been head coach. But we 
say why worry about the future. 


The coaching staff is a strong one as usual. 
George Cotton '22 is in charge of the line. "Pop" 
Clark '87 is second team coach. His football 
career started forty-two years ago, which marks 
him a man of experience. "Joe" Cormier of 
Newtonville, a letter man, unable to take part 
this season on account of a combination of foot- 
ball and baseball injuries, is assisting Coach 
Clark. Curry Hicks has charge of the ends. 
"Ed" Tumey '24, newly appointed freshman 
coach, and "Red" Ball '21, two-year coach, 
helped out until their squads reported. 

McGeoch, veteran halfback, who graduated 
last June, helped out during the first week of 
practice. He has accepted a position as coach 
and instructor at the Salisbury School in Connec- 
ticut. "Kid" Gore says it involves the wearing 
of a cap and gown in the classroom and a dress 
suit at dinner. It doesn't seem like good football 
atmosphere to us. 

"Eddie" Bike, last year's freshman coach, 
is at the Clark School, Hanover, N. H., where 
he is instructor and coach. He also helped Gore 
with the squad during the first week of practice. 


Two newspaper men were on the field to 
witness the first practice and it is interesting to 
note the things they picked up. "They are 
fighters and hard workers" says one referring to 
the squad. "They seem to be as hard as nails." 
And that is the type with which Aggie is blessed. 
Working a team of horses all summer is much 
better conditioning than driving Dad's auto- 

"Gore has his coaching staff well organized. 
They know just what they are supposed to do. 
Assistant managers constantly are calling the 
time of day to Gore so that he can follow a 
schedule mapped out daily. Everything runs off 
smoothly at an Aggie practice." 

Aggie has won two-thirds of her football 
games under Gore's coaching, and we hope that 
this season will boost the average. Tufts, 
Amherst and Springfield will be the big games. 


The Cross Country squad put on its "seven 
league boots" with the opening of college, in 
preparation for the hardest schedule ever 
attempted. The first race is with Rhode Island 
at Kingston, on October 9. Then comes Williams 
last year's intercollegiate champions, Wesleyan, 
W. P. I., Amherst, Boston University and the 
New England Intercollegiates, constituting a 
list of formidable opponents. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, September 25, 1925 


'18 John Alden Chapman to Miss Marjorie 
Brigham, Smith '18, June 13, 1925. 

'20 Laurence Paul Martin to Miss Ruth 
Miriam Ladd, June 27th, 1925, Maiden, Mass. 

'25 John Gammons Read to Miss Helen 
Myra Grout, June 27th, 1925, Gill, Mass. This 
was the first wedding in 75 years in the Congre- 
gational Church in Gill. This church, a historic 
old structure of the hill town, was the scene of 
frequent gay marriage ceremonies before the 
Civil War. 


w'12 A son, Malcom E., to Mr. and Mrs. 
Everett J. Baird, October 8, 1924. 

'12 A son, Robert Adams, to Dr. and Mrs. 
Ralph R. Parker, April 26, 1925. 

'13 A daughter, Jocelyn May, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Clyde M. Packard, August S, 1925. 

w'14 A son, William Wheeler, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Leslie O. Anderson March 13, 1924. He is 
named after his uncle, William Wheeler '71, at 
present a trustee of the College. 

'15 A daughter, Nancy Florence, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Sumner A. Dole, September 1, 1925. 

'15 A son, William Sturtevant, to Mr. 
and Mrs. W. C. Kennedy, September 7, 1925. 

'16 A son, Erwin Ellsworth, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Edward E. H. Boyer. 

'17 A daughter, 'Ruth Whittier, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Carlton M. Stearns, March 31, 1925. 

'21 A son, John Wallace, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Richard Lambert, July 14, 1925. 

'21 A daughter, Janet, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles H. Mallon. November 29, 1924. 

'23 A daughter, Patricia Ann, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Eyrie G. Johnson, August 2, 1925. 

FG A daughter, Jeanette Ellen, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Byron E. Pontius, August 2, 1925. 

'13 The great improvement made in the 
older portion of Court Square, Springfield, 
changing it from a barren waste to a fine lawn 
with shrubs and flower gardens, was done under 
the supervision of Herbert Headle. 

'13 J. J. Pillsbury is in charge of fruit and 
potato work in Delaware, Maryland and the 
Eastern shore of Virginia for the Niagara 
Sprayer Co. 

'14 Lloyd G. Davies, the veteran "Chick", 
whot his year accumulated more fame as the 
Eastern League Shutout King, has been sold to 
the New York Giants for what is reputed to be 
the highest price ever paid for an Eastern League 
player. It is reported that the Giants paid 
$12,000 in cold cash and traded two pitchers, 
worth at least $4000 each from a baseball view- 

"Chick's" baseball career has been an 
interesting one. He was a varsity pitcher in 
college and was later signed by Connie Mack of 
the Philadelphia Athletics. His initial big 
league experience was gained over ten years ago 
and has been followed by several seasons of 
semi-professional ball. This year he again re- 
turned to professional ball as a pitcher on the 
New Haven team of the Eastern League. His 
success has been noteworthy. He broke the league 
record for shutouts, and possibly set a new 
record for organized baseball. Now he has re- 
turned to major league baseball. 

'14 Through the efforts of Lester H. 
Needham, Bertrand Farr, iris grower of Wyomis- 
sing, Penn., donated his entire surplus stock of 
iris to the Springfield, Mass. park department. 

'14 Ernest F. Upton is president of the 
Central Maine Textile Association. 

w'15 Max Saben is a lieutenant in the 
U. S. Navy. 

'16 Harold N. Caldwell writes "I came on 
here (Littleton) from New Jersey last November 
and bought a farm on the Mohawk Trail. I see 
Hager '16 and Clapp '16 often. 

w'16 Leon C. Beeler now living in Pitts 
field is a salesman for "Rayon" silk products. 


'95 D. C. Potter, landscape and sanitary 
engineer, is gradually withdrawing from his pro- 
fession and devoting his time to the care of his 
estate "Widemarsh" on Buzzards Bay. His wife 
died last January. 

'95 Frederick C. Tobey of West Stock- 
bridge has taken over the Pittsfield office of 
the Strout Farm Agency. 

'98 At its commencement exercises last 
June, Washington College conferred the degree 
of Doctor of Science upon Samuel W. Wiley in 
recognition of his attainments in the field of 
industrial and agricultural chemistry. 

'99 H. W. Dana has built a summer home 
in Boxford, Mass. Mr. Dana writes "We (wife, 
son, daughter and I) enjoyed our 25th reunion 
very much. Had recently attended two gradu- 
ations of my wife's nephews in Dartmouth and 
thought my college compared very favorably." 
'00 Dr. James W. Kellogg nas been ap- 
pointed Director-Chief Chemist of the Bureau 
of Foods and Chemistry of the Pennsylvania 
Department of Agriculture. Dr. Kellogg has 
been with this department for eighteen years, 
starting as first assistant chemist. 

'00 A. W. Morrill was recently appointed 
Consulting Entomologist to the Mexican De- 
partment of Agriculture and Development. 
Other connections include; Director Fuerte 
Valley Vegetable Growers Experiment Station 
at Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico; Entomologist 
West Coast Cotton Association; and Entomolo- 
gist and Special Representative of the West 
Coast Vegetable Committee, representing the 
interests of the Vegetable growers ol tne Mexican 
West Coast. 

'01 Dr. Charles T. Leslie, M.D., has his 
office at 18 Bank Row in Pittsfield. 

'05 Grenville N. Willis is still with the 
State Department of Public Works, highways 
division, with headquarters in Pittsfield. 

w'07 On September first John F. Whitney 
was appointed Assistant Directing Engineer in 
charge of Maintenance of Way and Structures 
of the Fitchburg Division of the Boston and 
Maine Railroad. 

'08 Frank L. Edwards, real estate and 
insurance agent, is located in Hartford, Conn. 
w'09 Marjorie Lambert (Mrs. Horace) 
Groff is Dean of Labor and Instructor in Science 
and Agriculture in the Berry Schools, Mt. Berry, 
Ga. She was married in June 1924 and last fall 
received a B.S. degree from Cornell University. 
During the summer she has been in Falls 
Village, Conn, on a small farm they bought 

'10 S. C. Brooks is secretary and treasurer 
of the Physiological Section of the Botanical 
Society of America. 

'11 Dr. Clarence A. Smith has left the 
Powder Point School in Duxbury and maintains 
food research laboratories in New York City. 
He lives in West Englewood, N. J. 

w'12 Everett J. Baird has been granted 
patents on a feeding device for poultry, covering 
the idea of sliding a feed pan into a collapsible 
cage. It is now being inspected by Professor 
Banta of the College poultry department. 

'12 R. R. Parker writes "Engaged in re- 
search and control of Rocky Mountain spotted 
fever and tularaemia. Of a staff of eight men, 
during past year, one has died of Rocky Moun- 
tain spotted fever and six have contract tularaer- 
nia. Of the latter one man has had tularaemia 
twice and another developed a chronic infection. 
We have been able to prepare the first hopeful 
vaccine for Rocky Mountain spotted fever by- 
using the emulsified tissues of the tick which 
transmits the disease, the first time a vaccine 
has ever been prepared in this manner. Have 
been with the Public Health Service as Special 
Expert since 1921. Also have a ten acre apple 
and cherry orchard to occupy spare moments. 

'13 Lawrence A. Bevan has resigned as 
County Agricultural Agent for the Berkshire 
County Extension Service and expects to raise 
certified potatoes in the Green Mountains of 


'85 E. W. Allen, "Research in the Service 
of the State", in Science, August 21, 1925, 
Commencement Address, M.A.C., 1925. 

'03 George H. Lamson, Jr., "The Sheep 
Stomach Worm", Bui. 128, Storrs (Conn.) 
Agric. Expt. Sta. 

'04 M. A. Blake, "The Pruning of Shrubs", 
Cir. 176, N. J. Agric. Expt. Sta. 

'08 A. J. Farley, "New Jersey Dry Mix", 
Cir. 177, N. J. Agric. Expt. Sta. 

'08 H. K. Hayes, "Recommended Varieties 
of Farm Crops for Minnesota", Cir. 19, Univ. 
of Minn. 

'08 A. L. Whiting, co-author, "Inoculated 
Legumes are Nitrogen-fixing Factories", Cir. 
183, Ext. Service, Wise. College of Agric. 

'08 A. L. Whiting, "The Relation of 
Inoculation to Quality and Yield of Peas", in 
Journal of American Society of Agronomy, 
August 1925. 

'09 S. S. Crossman, "Two Imported Egg 
Parasites of the Gypsy Moth", in Journal of 
Agricultural Research, Vol. XXX, No. 7. 

'10 S. C. Brooks, "The Mechanism of 
Change in Resistance of Erythrocytes to Hypo- 
tonic Salt Solutions", in Journal General Physi- 
ology, Vol. 7; No. 5, May 1925. 

'10 S. C. Brooks, "The Electrical Con- 
ductivity of Pure Protoplasm", in Journal 
General Physiology, Vol. 7; No. 3, Jan. 1925. 

'10 S. C. Brooks, "Conductivity as a 
Measure of Permeability of Suspended Cells", 
in Journal General Physiology, Vol. 7; No. 3, 
Jan. 1925. 

'10 S. C. Brooks, "The Effect of Light on 
the Permeability of Lecittim", in Science, 
Vol. 61; page 212, 1925. 

'16 Perez Simmons, senior author, "The 
Ham Beetle, Necrobia rufides de Ger", in 
Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. XXX, 
No. 9, May 1, 1925. 

Faculty and '16 A. B. Beaumont and R. 
A. Mooney, "Hygroscopicity and Cakiness of 
Fertilizer Materials", in Industrial and Engineer- 
ing Chemistry, Vol. 17, No. 6, Page 635, June 

G I. G. Davis, senior author, "A descrip- 
tion of Connecticut Agriculture", Bui. 127, 
Storrs (Conn.) Agric. Expt. Sta. 

'16 William L. Harris Jr., a farmer, is 
mostly occupied with testing for advanced 
registry records with Jerseys. Since February 
15, 1923 he has won four silver and one gold 
medals, also one class world's championship. 

'16 Wilbur T. Locke became County 
Agricultural Agent for the Hampden County 
Improvement League on August 15, 1925. He 
had been assistant agent since April 1. 

'16 Benjamin C. L. Sander took courses 
in the Harvard Summer School in preparation 
for an Ed.M. degree. 

'18 R. W. Woodbury was transferred last 
May from the field station of the Foreign Seed 
and Plant Introduction Office to the inspection 
house of the Federal Horticultural Board, 
Washington, D. C. 


George H. T. Babbitt '74 writes: "I 
regret that someone blundered in credit- 
ing me as the wearer of the old '74 military 
costume in the alumni parade on June 
13th. By making a strong appeal to Arthur 
H. Montague, I persuaded that very 
diffident man to leave his haying and 
come over from Granby to take part in 
that parade. The honor of displaying tne 
old uniform and carrying the musket 
belongs to Mr. Montague. The only 
thing I carried in the parade was a card 
labeled 'M.A.C. '74, U.S.N.A. '75, I love 
'em both'." 



Vol. VII. 

Amherst, Massachusetts, October 26, 1925 

No. 3 


A. Letter from a Medical Missionary 


Dear Aggie Men: 

It is rather too early for us newcomers in 
China to give any adequate idea of the Chinese 
people, their life, the agricultural and economic 
problems. So without making any such attempt 
you might be interested in just a few of the 
everyday things we see going to and from 
language school. 

Since man power is cheaper than pony or 
donkey power much of the hauling is done by 
wheelbarrows with a big wheel in the center, 
things being placed on either side. Instead of 
trying to cut down on the squeak, they have a 
special stick to rub on the wheel and thus make 
the squeak continuous. Noise appeals and auto 
horns on bicycles are common. Many things 
are carried suspended from the two ends of a 
pole thrown over the shoulder. Itinerant barbers 
go around in just this way and incidentally bald 
headed men get along fine because many men 
shave the whole head. 

It is interesting to note how many things 
are directly opposite to our ways. Turning to 
the left on the street has changed the autos to 
right hand drives. The Chinese word tow means 
head. Books read down and backwards. Men 
■wear long clothes and women silk trousers. 
They shake their heads in the opposite direction 
for Yes and No. If a man has a new idea and 
can establish the fact that it is very old, the 
chances of its being accepted are far greater. 

And yet with these differences the people 
are much the same at heart. Friendly, peace 
loving, thrifty, eager to learn, hospitable. 
Poverty is extreme. It is common to see one 
pick a piece of paper out of the gutter or save 
wisps of hay for fuel. As Dr. Butterfield and 
Harry White have already told us, there is a 
tremendous challenge to agricultural science to 
produce food. And when these agricultural and 
economic problems are solved our work of pre- 
ventive medicine will be well started. 



Twentv-four World Aggie Night chairmen 
were listed' in the September Alumni Bulletin. 
Eleven more have accepted and ten or twelve 
others are still expected to come through. 
Definite announcement concerning the time 
and place of meeting received from a few chair- 
men is given below along with the list of addi- 
tional chairmen. Inquiries about meetings in 
places not listed will be gladly answered from 
the Alumni Office. . 

California— Berkeley— J. W. Gregg 04, Univer- 
sity of California. 
Colorado— Denver— John D. Snow 21, 24 

Capitol Bldg. . 

Connecticut— Hartford — Peter J. Cascio 21, 

18 W. Beacon St., W. Hartford. 

Stamford — 7 P. M. Suburban Club. 
D C.— Washington— 7.00 p. m., Harrington 

Illinois— Chicago— A. F. Shiverick, '82, 1310 
Madison Pk., will meet during week ot 
Nov. 16th. 

Urbana— C. H. Fernald '16, 605 Ohio 


(Continued on Page 2.) 


Special M.A.C. Radio Program 
from WBZ 


Starting at 10.15 p. m., Eastern 
Standard time (note change), and closing 
at 11.15 p. m., Westinghouse Station 
WBZ, Springfield, Mass., 900 kilocycles, 
333.1 meters, will broadcast a special 
World Aggie Night program. The follow- 
ing outline is subject to change: 
1. Alumni quartette — Durelle Swan '16, 

William C. Sanctuary '12, L. B. Arring- 

ton '23, F. B. Gustin, sp., 

Faculty trio — -Dr. William H. Davis, 

clarinet; Prof. Frank A. Waugh, 

flute; Mrs. Edna K. Watts, piano. 

Talk by Acting President Edward M. 


Roy K. Patch w'13 — tenor solos. 

a) Mary of Argyle. 

b) A Dream. 

Student quartette — Herbert J. Harris 
'27, Clarence H. Parsons '27, Donald 
H. Campbell '28, James E. Burnham 
'26; Carl A. Fraser '26, pianist, 
a) "Cheer Old Massachusetts" words 

by R. J. Fiske '10, music by F. A. 

Prouty '10. 

A medley. 

"Lead on O Massachusetts" words 

and music by F. D. Griggs '13. 
Talk by Ernest S. Russell, president 
of the Association. 

Mrs. A. E. Cance (formerly Mae 
Rees) — violin solo. 

8. "Sons of Old Massachusetts", words 
by Howard L. Knight '02 — ensemble. 

9. College cheer. 









The value of college buildings (exclusive of 
Experiment Station), in the 1924 annual report 
is set at $1,522,057. They could not be replaced 
for twice that amount. 

The value of college equipment other than 
buildings and land is $763,311. 

The Experiment Station equipment and 
buildings used solely for experiment station work 
are worth $181,251. 

There is a total of 1583 acres of land in the 
college estate, including 702 acres in the College 
campus and farm, 755 acres in Mt. Toby forest, 
and the balance in the Cranberry Experiment 
Station at Wareham, the Market Garden Field 
Station at Waltham, the rifle range and the old 
Pelham quarry. 

The total valuation of all college properties 
is $2,627,758. 


Only the World Aggie Night meetings 
in Massachusetts may have the privilege 
of a representative from the College. If 
we only had started our Alumni Fund 
years ago! Have you contributed this 
year? Clark L. Thayer is treasurer. All 
contributions should be mailed to the 
Alumni Office, M.A.C, Amherst, Mass. 


Takes exams, finds room, and looks 


Amherst, Mass., 

Sept. 11, 1925. 
Dear Folks: 

I got into town about 12.30 yesterday, 
trolleying over from Springfield. The whole 
country around here is beautiful, and when I 
came through South Hadley, I knew why 
mother liked Mt. Holyoke so well. Guess Dad 
must have liked it, too. 

The history exam didn't seem so very hard, 
and if I only do as well in tne French tomorrow 
morning, I'll be home happy tomorrow night, 
ready to come for good Monday. I was glad 
to have been certificated in everything else, for 
some of the fellows had all kinds of trouble with 
algebra and English. Some are luckier yet, and 
take no exams at all. 

I like the place a lot, all but the rooming 
facilities. The dorms are small, and South 
College is about filled with offices. I almost 
wish I was a co-ed, for they have a peach of a 
dorm called the Abbey, over near the Experi- 
ment Stations. Perhaps I'll be a caller there 
sometime, seeing I can't room there. The upper- 
classmen almost all room in fraternity houses 
or the dorms, I found out yesterday, so we fresh- 
men have to go to private houses. The Dean 
got me a place on Nutting Avenue, for three 
dollars per week. It's nice, but a good bit of a 
walk to breakfast in the winter. 

The campus is just as fine as Dad said it 
was. The pond and elm-shaded walks are still 
here. I liked Goessman Lab. especially. It will 
be a fine place to work on my chem. major. 
Must have been built for me. I saw the cellar 
hole of the old lab., that Dad said used to shake 
when they ran down stairs after chapel. It is 
all grown in with brush. Memorial Hall is as 
beautiful a little building as I ever saw. Corking 
dance floors, store, barber shop, pool tables, 
bowling alleys, student offices, and everything. 
But the Drill Hall is an awful wreck. Our high 
school gym is better. The State ought to get 
wise to itself. They've got the cavalry horses 
in a tent near it (you know the barn burned), 
and they should be inside. But the fellows tell 
me that Aggie turns out good teams in spite of 
the poor gym. Perhaps I can stand it. 

I walked down town late yesterday after- 
noon. Dad should come up and see the place. I 
imagine it has changed some. He used to talk 
a lot about the livery stable and the Amherst 
House. Well, the old stable has gone, and the 
hotel is now a library, a barber shop, and 
several small shops. Autos and prohibition 
have changed things. They've started a big 
new hotel down near Amherst College, which 
is going to be done next spring. It will be public, 
but is built especially to accommodate people 
who are visiting college students. There's lots 
of building going on in town. A new post-office 
is going up on Pleasant Street near the center 
and right opposite they have just finished a big 
Catholic church. 

Well, there aren't many here yet, but I like 
the college. If the gang is half as good and the 
Profs, merciful, perhaps you may yet have me 
a college graduate. Home tomorrow night. 


Editor's note: — "Jim" did pass his exams and enter. 
Another letter about college life will follow next month. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, October 26, 1925 


Published monthly at Amherst, Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M. A. C. 
Member of The Alumni Magazines Associated 

Subscription Ppice 

$1.00 per year 

Included in the $2.00 dues of 

members of the Associate 


William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
John A. Crawford '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
Miss Mary Foley '24 

Ernest S. Russell '161 
Richard A. Mellen '21/ 

Entered as second class matter, March 17- 
1020. at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass.- 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C. Amherst, Mass. 


ex officio 



Henry Bond of Brattleboro, Vermont, died 
in Melrose, Mass., of cerebral hemorrhage 
following an operation. Mr. Bond retired from 
business life in 1905 and for the past twenty 
years was very active in church work. Missions 
of October 1925 says of him: "It is not too much 
to say that in length, continuity, and varied 
character of service, Henry Bond was the fore- 
most layman of the Northern Baptists." 


Herbert Milton Townsley died at his home 
in Canton, New York, on September 10, 1925, 
of heart failure after an illness of ten days. 
For the past twenty-four years Mr. Townsley 
had been official surveyor of Canton. 


Charles A. Gleason, for thirty-six years a 
trustee of the College, died of apoplexy as he 
rose from his desk in his home in North Brook- 
field on September 29th, at the age of seventy- 
nine years and eight months. Following a 
notable career in the state Legislature he was 
appointed a trustee in 1889. At the first annual 
meeting following his appointment he was 
chosen Auditor and served in this capacity 
since that time. He served continuously on 
the Committee on Finance and as its chairman 
since 1896. He also served on the Com- 
mittee on Farm, Horticulture, and Experiment 
Department. In January, 1906, Mr. Gleason 
was chosen Vice-President of the Board. This 
position of leader he retained continuously 
for nearly twenty years. 


(Continued from Page 1) 
Massachusetts — Alumnae — Miss Bena G. Er- 
hard '19, Hyannis. 

Boston — Howard Goff, Old Colony 
Trust Co., 17 Court St. 

Concord — 8 P. M. Colonial Inn. 

Fitchburg — 7 p. m.. Hotel Raymond. 

New Bedford — Benjamin A. Gilmore 

'16, Col. Robinson Farm, R.F.D., Acushnet; 

6.30 p. m., New Bedford Hotel; Ladies 


Springfield — 6.30 p. m. University 
Club, 276 Bridge St. 

Worcester — Glenn H. Carruth '17, 11 
Foster St. 
Montana— Bozeman— J. R. Parker '08, 422 So. 

Sixth Ave. 
New Jersey — New Brunswick — H. J. Baker '11, 

232 Harrison Ave. 
New York— Ithaca— Prof. E. A. White '95, 

316 The Parkway. 
Rhode Island — Providence — Willis S. Fisher '98, 
108 Ontario St.; 6 p. m. Reception, 6.30 p. 
m. Banquet, King Fong Restaurant; Ladies 
Vermont — Bellows Falls — L. A. Bevan '13. 



The joint alumni-trustee bill is now in the 
hands of a legislator for presentation to the 
House Counsel for drafting in legislative form. 
As soon as this is done the Committee will start 
its campaign. 


Since last month Joseph E. Root '76, 
Charles S. Howe '78, Susie L. Eastman '07, and 
Charles F. Doucette '20 have sent in sustaining 


Contributions to the Alumni Fund continue. 
Susie L. Eastman '07, Henry H. White '15, 
Francis A. Smith w'15, and Molly E. Lewis '23 
have contributed this past month. 


On October 7th the Executive Committee 
of the Board of Directors met and transacted 
the following business: 

1. One Memorial Building pledge was 
listed as uncollectable. 

2. It was voted to offer to those who still 
owed for the payment on their Memorial Building 
pledge due January 1, 1920, the alternative of 
paying, making out new notes, or having their 
notes turned over to a collection agency. 

3. The monthly budget report was accepted. 

4. Expenditure of $25.50 for class buttons 
was authorized. 

5. Distribution of extra copies of the 
October Alumni Bulletin through World Aggie 
Night meetings was authorized. 

6. It was voted to meet necessary expenses 
in connection with the World Aggie Night 
radio program. 

7. A class fund plan was considered and 
referred back to a committee for revision. 

8. It was voted to ask Ralph J. Watts '07 
to serve as chairman of a Hasbrouck Memo- 
rial Portrait Committee. 



The features of our first two games have 
been wind and rain. Playing Bates in a pouring 
rain and sea of mud for the opening game of the 
schedule, the team gained a decisive victory 
(19 to 0), and left no room for doubt as to its 
ability. Then came Norwich in a gale of wind 
and freezing weather. Just to prove its dis- 
regard of climatic conditions, the team again 
came through victor by a 19 to score. The 
Lewiston (Me.) Evening Journal said of the 
Bates game: "Everything went as near like 
clockwork as it could in the pouring rain, on a 
muddy and wet, slippery and grassy field. 
Sullivan and Moberg were a wonderful pair of 
backs. Couhig would be hard to beat at center, 
and Captain Jones put up a classy exhibition 
on the wing. The other members of the team 
were working satisfactorily to their little be- 
spectacled coach with the rough name of Gore." 

It is interesting to note that the first touch- 
down of the season came on a long forward pass, 
Sullivan to Jones. Four forwards of the five 
attempted were satisfactorily completed in the 
Bates game. Bates made only one first down and 
never came nearer than sixty yards to our goal 
with the ball. We carried the ball 300 yards by 
straight rushing. 

Coach Gore considers the demonstration of 
superb physical condition, made by his men in 
the first two games, an outstanding fact. Not 
once has the team had to have time out for 
injuries. This is all the more remarkable in 
view of the light weight of the team. The 
heaviest man in the backfield is Hilyard, weight 
155 pounds, and the lightest Moberg, 144 pounds. 
Couhig, at center weighs 149 pounds. They are 
proving that football ability today is not 
measured by pounds avoirdupois. 

'18 George Cole Howe recently purchased 
the old Tucker Farm in East Pepperell and is 
running it at present as a dairy farm with the 
intention later of setting it to orchard. 


On October 5th, the Association had 
$755.75 cash on hand, probably enough to 
carry through to January unless the Committee 
on Administration must make unexpected 

Receipts from ordinary memberships on 
that date totaled $1266.50 and from sustaining, 
$551.30; leaving $833.50 and $148.70 more 
respectively, needed to meet the budget esti- 
mate. Nearly two-thirds of the $3000 minimum 
budget was raised. Disbursements totaled 

'19 C. R. Phipps was appointed Associate 
Entomologist at the Maine Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station July 1, 1925. He spent the pre- 
ceding six months in graduate study at the Iowa 
State College, Ames, Iowa. 

'20 Clifton W. Scott has retired from 
teaching and is now selling radios, Ford cars, 
and Fordson tractors to farmers. 


Rhode Island took its first beating in five 
years on its home course from M.A.C. harriers. 
This was our first race of the season and Coach 
Derby is much pleased with the good start the 
team has made. It brightens the prospect for 
the hard matches ahead. Aggie men finished 
3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, illustrating last year's 
practice of bunching. The score was M.A.C. 27, 
Rhode Island 29. 

There are twenty-five men on the cross 
country squad and competition is keen for 
places on the team. Most of the men are 
sophomores or juniors, which argues well for 
the future. 


Coach Gore announces the completion of 
chapter one of his most interesting work. This 
chapter is appropriately styled "The Begin- 
nings". It is interesting reading and whets our 
appetites for what will follow. A few mimeo- 
graphed copies are available and will be mailed 
as long as they last to persons requesting them. 

It is the ambition of the Varsity Club to 
sponsor the printing of the complete volume 
some day. 


I noticed in the BULLETIN some 
time ago, a query about the rumor that a 
cow was once placed on top of old South 
College. I would say that I know that 
the skeleton of a cow and that of a horse 
which were then, and I believe still are, 
in the College museum, were hitched up 
together to a plow or some other imple- 
ment or machine one night and furnished 
much amusement for the student body as 
it \iewed them next morning on the roof 
of the building. I never knew for certain 
who did it (I had no part in it) but I 
could name a half dozen men I think who 
were responsible for the prank, and I 
think there were men of two classes con- 
cerned in it. Some of them are not alive 
now. A '71 Man. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, October 26, 1925 



The Collegian has a co-ed for an editor-in- 
chief for the first time in its history. Mary T. 
Boyd '26 of Jacksonville, Florida, whose humor- 
ous column, "The Cider Press," was one of the 
outstanding features of the weekly last year, 
was recently elected to the position. Arthur V. 
Buckley '26, former editor, resigned because of 
football conflicts. 


Either the men's or women's glee clubs are 
desirous of arranging concerts. Alumni inter- 
ested in having either club visit their home 
town are invited to make inquiry through the 
Alumni Office. The men's club is coached by 
Professor Gorokhoff of Smith College, and 
the girls' club by Mrs. A. B. Beaumont of 
Amherst. A dance orchestra travels with the 
men's club. 


A musical comedy written, directed, and 
coached by undergraduates will be given for 
the annual Aggie Revue on December 11th as 
one of the Social Union entertainments. The 
comedy calls for forty participants. 


The dairy cattle judging team placed second 
among ten and the dairy products team third 
among five contestants at the Eastern States 
Exposition the last of September. 



The two year course has opened with an 
enrolment of 190, both classes being slightly 
larger than last year. 


The State Forester, Harold O. Cook, and 
another member, Robert B. Parmenter, of the 
State Department of Conservation have been 
appointed to the College Extension Service staff. 
They will develop and carry on a project on 
farm forestry. 


'12 Howard A. Turner to Miss Veda B. 
Larson, Univ. of Wisconsin '13, September 16, 
1925, Boston, Mass. Miss Larson was an 
employee of the Bureau of Agricultural Eco- 
nomics, U.S.D.A. 

'16 Stanley W. Hall to Miss Hazel Rhoads 
of Champaign, Illinois, August 5, 1925. 

'19&'22 Ralph T. Howe to Miss Ruth 
VV. Hurder, September 7, 1925, Milton, Mass. 

'20 Morton H. Cassidy to Charlotte 
Sheffield, August 15, 1925, Amherst, Mass. 

'23 Allan J. Heath to Miss Clara A. 
Greenwood of Brattleboro, Vt., Aug. 23, 1925. 

'24&w'25 Kenneth S. Loring to Miss 
Hazel Logan, August 15, 1925. 

'24 Charles J. Tewhill to Miss Anna 
Honnay, October 14, 1925, Amherst, Mass. 





'00 A daughter, Helen, to Mr. and 
Austin W. Morrill, September 22, 1925. 

'07 A daughter, Jane, to Mr. and 
Frederick C. Peters, September 9, 1925. 

'10 A daughter, Catherine Hawley, to 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel W. Mendum, September 
16, 1925. 

'15 A daughter, Mary Alice, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald H. Cande, September 19, 1925. 

'15 A son, Edward McCole, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Henry H. White, July 10, 1925 at Peitaiho 
Beach Summer Resort, North China. 

'16 A son, Parker Torsey, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles H. Fernald, 2nd, July 9, 1925 at Urbana, 

w'18 A daughter, Lesley Elizabeth, to 
Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Jones, June 8, 1925. 

'19 A son, Donald Ernest, to Mr. and 
Mrs. George N. Peck, July 16, 1925. 


This is surely getting to be a popular place 
for the ladies: thirty-eight in the entering class; 
the Abbey crowded to the roof; a Smith graduate 
in the Two-Year course; a co-ed editor-in-chief 
of the Collegian. The old campus changes year 
by year: ! 


Professor Otto Rahn of Kiel, Germany, 
gave a series of lectures at the College early in 
October on the practical and scientific aspects 
of certain dairy processes. 


At the Eastern States Exposition, nine 
Percherons exhibited by the College took 
thirteen prizes, including championship stallion; 
firsts in the classes of full aged stallions, stallion 
foals, five-year mare, one-year mare, mare 
foal, get of sire, and produce of dam; seconds, 
in one, two and four year old mare and mare 
and foal, and fourth stallion foal. All but two 
exhibited were raised on the College farm. 

Exhibiting three head of each breed of 
dairy cattle against unusually large classes, the 
College took first in the two-year old Holstein 
heifer class. This heifer was exhibited in the 
state herd which took first prize. 

Other dairy cattle prizes were third in 
Ayrshire two-year old bulls, two sixths, and an 
eighth in a class of over fifty. Five milking 
Shorthorns took five prizes. Seven Berkshire 
hogs took eight prizes; one second, five thirds, 
and two fourths; being led usually by the two 
herds (nineteen head) exhibited by one of the 
foremost breeders in the country, F. E. Kite 
and Sons of St. Paris, Ohio. 

At the Brockton fair three head from each 
breed of dairy cattle took second in two-year 
old Ayrshire bull, two thirds, two fourths, a 
fifth, and a sixth. Milking Shorthorns took a 
second in the aged bull class, two fourths and 
two fifths. 


'89 B. L. Hartwell, senior author, "The 
Substitution of Stable Manure by Fertilizers, 
Green Manures and Peat II." Rhode Island 
Experiment Station Bui. 201. 

'95 E. A. White, Report as Chairman of 
the Committee on Education, Society of Ameri- 
can Florists and Ornamental Horticulturists. 
In Florists' Exchange, August 22, 1925. 

'08 H. K. Hayes, co-author, "Natural 
Crossing in Oats." In Journal of the American 
Society of Agronomy, September, 1925. 

'14&'20 D. A. Coleman and H. C. 
Fellows, "A Study of Methods for Making 
Protein Tests on Wheat," and "A Simple Test 
for Determining the Oil Content of Flaxseed." 
Mr. Coleman and Mr. Fellows are connected 
with the Chemical Research Laboratory of the 
Grain Division, Bureau of Agricultural Eco- 
nomics, U.S.D.A., Washington. 

'18 F. A. Carlson, "The Effect of Soil 
Structure on the Character of Alfalfa Root 
Systems." In Journal American Society oj 
Agronomy, 17:6, 336-344, June 1925. 

'20 R. L. Jones, "The Fertilizer Nutrients 
Required by Barley, Wheat, and Oats, as 
Shown by Both Soil and Water Cultures." 
From Rhode Island Experiment Station. Mr. 
Jones is now in the Chemistry Department, 
Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa. 

'20 R. L. Starkey, "Concerning the Car- 
bon and Nitrogen Nutrition of Thiobacillus 
Thiooxidans, an Autotrophic Nacterium Oxidiz- 
ing Sulfur under Acid Conditions," and "Con- 
cerning the Physiology of Thiobacillus Thio- 
oxidans, an Autotrophic Nacterium Oxidizing 
Sulfur under Acid Conditions." From the 
Department of Soil Chemistry and Bacteriology, 
New Jersey Experiment Stations. Mr. Starkey 
is now at the University of Minnesota. 

G A. L. Prince, "The Chemical Com- 
position of the Soils of the Chatsworth Area in 
New Jersey," and "The Availability of Nitrogen 
in Nitrate of Soda, Amonium Sulfate, and Dried 
Blood when the Amounts of Phosphoric Acid 
and Potash are Varied." 


For a little while this fall, an unsuspecting 
stranger would have had every right to call us 
"Amherst-Aggie". Each noon saw the cafeteria 
thronged with Sons of Lord Jeff, who walked or 
rode down from the rival institution to enjoy a 
real meal on the State. John Coolidge cheerfully 
filled his tray with Aggie meat and milk. A's 
were as prominent on the Draper Hall walk as 
the old M's. Even now, with Amherst College 
feed stalls in full swing, many Amherst students 
come here to eat whenever they have the time. 
All of which indicates two things: that bygones 
are bygones, and that you can't fool an under- 
graduate's stomach. 


A comparatively small number of freshmen 
pledged fraternities this fall. Less than one 
hundred responded to first-term rushing. 


Another tradition changed: the Nightshirt 
Parade and Razoo Night have been postponed 
until later in the fall to avoid confusion and to 
prevent interference with fraternity rushing. 
The Rope Pull was held as usual, but was a dis- 
appointment, for, although the freshmen won 
by many feet, the losers that were nearest to 
the water were allowed to drop back on the rope 
and avoid a wetting. Such humaneness is com- 


October 7th was a holiday at M.A.C. for 
the third annual Mountain Day. A very large 
number took the trip to Mt. Toby, where basket 
lunches were enjoyed, cider and apples furnished 
by the Horticulture Department, and a reading 
of parts of "Rip Van Winkle" given by Professor 

'25 R. J. Templeton is in landscape archi- 
tecture work in West Virginia. 


Kappa Epsilon (formerly the Commons 
Club), has purchased the house in "Fraternity 
Row" at 77 Pleasant St., occupied recently by 
Kappa Gamma Phi. 


'92 & '20 At the auction sale of milking 
shorthorn cattle held at the Eastern States 
Exposition at Springfield, a cow owned by 
George E. Taylor & Son of Shelburne Falls, 
named Mountain Duchess, brought $1000, 
being the highest price paid at the sale. 

'93 E. A. Hawks is a colporteur (a vendor 
or distributor of religious books, tracts, etc.) in 
Princeton, W. Va. 

'98 Willis S. Fisher has been promoted 
from the Peace Street grammar school where he 
has been located for nearly twelve years to the 
new Sackett Street school. The building will 
be eventually a Junior High thoroughly equipped 
with up-to-date material. 

'99 William Henry Armstrong is in charge 
of the state survey of the parks and playgrounds 
of Massachusetts. He is taking graduate work 
at Harvard University in Landscape Architec- 
ture and City Planning. 

'01 Nathan D. Whitman is an engineer 
with the Bent Concrete Co. and is located in 
Los Angeles, California. 

'11 Clarence A. Smith writes, "Family of 
two youngsters growing up requires increasing 
amounts of gold in the exchequer. If anyone 
knows of a concern looking for the services of 
a first class (modesty) Biochemist ask them to 
let me know. Food or pharmaceutical concern 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, October 26, 1925 


See article below 


See article below 



Of the alumni of known address .3325 are 
distributed as indicated in the map above. 
This includes graduates, non-graduates, special 
and unclassified, and former graduate students 
whether or not recipients of degrees from 
M.A.C. Sixteen others are located in the 
U. S. Territories and ninety three in foreign 
lands as listed below: 

Hawaii 8 Philippine Islands . . .1 

Porto Rico 7 — 

Total in U. S. Territories 16 

Canada 13 Serbia 1 

Mexico 7 Turkey 3 

Cuba 10 China 18 

West Indies 6 India 8 

Central America 3 Japan 7 

Columbia 3 East Indies 1 

Brazil 4 Australia 1 

France 4 So. Africa 4 

Total in Foreign Lands. 


'14, '20 & '23 Lester W. Needham and 
Charles M. Boardman are president and vice- 
president respectively of a new Pennsylvania 
corporation, the Wyomissing Nurseries Com- 
pany. For several years, Mr. Needham has been 
superintendant of the nurseries which are 
among the most famous in the country. Mr. 
Boardman formerly connected witn the nurseries 
as a landscape gardener becomes general sales 
manager. Donald G. Nowers is with the new 
firm as landscape gardener. 

'16 Edgar A. Perry, who is engaged in 
sales promotion work for H. P. Hood & Sons of 
Boston says, "Tell all 1916 men to get ready for 
the greatest tenth reunion ever known to the 

w'17 Wayland R. Porter is teaching 
mathematics and physics in the Clark School 
"for boys in Hanover, N. H., and tutoring Dart- 
mouth students. 

'24 William Wilson Wood is ranching in 
California, raising lima beans, walnuts, oranges, 
lemons, peaches, figs, prunes, etc. 

'25 L. Palmer Lavalee is in landscape 
architecture work with Olmstead Brothers in 

'25 Frank S. Post is a chemist in the 
laboratory of the Sanford Mills in Reading. He 
is doing research work in nitro-cellulose films. 
He wants to hear from any '25 men and extends 
an invitation for any M.A.C. men to call when 
in Reading. 



Perez Simmons, secretary of the Washing- 
ton, D. C, Alumni Club says, "The Washington 
Club began its monthly luncheons last month, 
after time out for hot weather. We plan to have 
them at noon on the last Thursday of each month, 
November excepted this year on account of the 
World Aggie Night banquet. September 24th, 
Gil Irish '23 attended. He was passing through 
the city on his way to Florida. Other new faces 
were "those of Bradford Armstrong '25 of Ken- 
sington, Md., and L. T. Pratt '21. We usually 
have an attendance of about 15." 



'23 Clifton F. Giles is deep in farming now. 
With his father he bought a fifty-nine acre farm 
in South Sudbury. 

'24 Richard Bittinger writes "Started 
July 1st in tne cost department of the Inter- 
nation Motor Corporation, and enjoy my work 
very muc.j. At present I am in the invoice 
department and am getting good experience in 
the commercial field. Would like to hear from 
any of the boys in this vicinity." 

'24 Norman H. MacAfee writes "I am 
still working at the Dorchester Branch of 
Whiting Milk Companies. Working in the 
plant at bits of everything. Have been here 
since graduation in June 1924." 

'24 Robert F.. Steere is a general assis- 
tant on the Conyers Farm in Greenwich, Conn. 
"Sam" Lunt, he says, recently joined them and 
is selling to the retail trade in their new roadside 

'21 Richard C. Peck writes "Junior is a 
robust youngster of ten months and is a live 
wire at all times. Everything is fine and dandy 
with the whole family." 

w'21 Lloyd C. Fogg is now studying at 
Columbia University and teaching biology at the 
New York University. After leaving M.A.C. he 
graduated from Dartmoutn in 1922 and received 
his M.S. degree in 1924. 

'22 Roger W. Blakely is farm manager of 
the Bluefield Farms in Monsey, N. Y. He re- 
ceived an M.S. in agriculture from Cornell in 
June 1924. 

'22 Charles A. Buck, dairy farmer in 
Blackstone, Va. writes "Banana Oil is manufac- 
tured more freely here than anywhere else in 
the U. S." 


The seven Massachusetts Agricultural 
College entomologists shown in the cut above 
attended the summer meetings of the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science 
held at Portland, Oregon, June 17-22, 1925. 

From left to right they are: 

Dr. Oscar C. Bartlett '09, Director and 
Entomologist of the Arizona State Department 
of Agriculture, Phoenix, Arizona. 

Dr. E. A. Back '04, Chief, Stored Product 
Insect Investigations, Bureau of Entomology, 
U.S.D.A., Washington, D. C. 

Dr. A. W. Morrill '00, Consulting Ento- 
mologist, Los Angeles, California. 

Dr. S. B. Freeborn '14, Associate Professor 
of Entomology, University of California, and 
Associate Entomologist, California Agricultural 
Experiment Station. 

M. C. Lane '15, Assistant Entomologist, 
Bureau of Entomology, in charge Wireworm 
Investigation, Toppenish, Washington. 

C. M. Packard '13, Associate Entomologist 
Bureau of Entomology, in charge of the Sacra- 
mento Laboratory, Sacramento. California. 

L. P. Rockwood '12, Associate Entomolo- 
gist, Bureau of Entomology, in charge of Forest 
Grove Laboratory, Forest Grove, Oregon. 

The only Pacific Coast Aggie entomologist 
not present was Alpha J. Flebut '15 now connec- 
ted with the Agricultural Chemical Company 
with headquarters in San Francisco. 

'22 — '24 James E. Dwyer has resigned as 
market reporter for the Massachusetts Depart- 
ment of Agriculture and the Hampden County 
Improvement League and will devote his entire 
time to the Boyle Realty Company. Elwyn J. 
Rowell takes his place. 

'22 C. H. Gowdy, back from Cuba for the 
summer, had charge of a large gang of harvesters 
on the Conyers Farm in Greenwich, Conn. 

'22 E. W. Lovering is with the Pittsfield 
Milk Excnange, one of the model dairy plants 
of western Massachusetts. Tnere are several 
men with the exchange who have profited by the 
ten weeks and two year course at M.A.C. 

'22 Myron Murray has charge of tne plant- 
ing of Bay Front Park, the largest one in Miami, 
Fla. This park was formed by pumped in soil 
from the ocean, sixty acres of it. 

w'22 Edward F. Barrows writes "This 
summer I have helped to organize and operate 
a boys' camp at Marlboro, Vermont. The camp 
is incorporated and plans are made to continue 
it each summer through July and August. 



Vol. VII. 

Amherst, Massachusetts, November 25, 1925 

No. 4 


In Dairy Manufactures 

The constantly increasing number of new 
developments and the rapid expansion of the 
dairy manufactures industry offers ample oppor- 
tunities for the alumnus who has pursued the 
course in dairying. The records show that the 
first men who majored in dairy manufactures 
graduated in 1914. Up to the present time there 
are 26 alumni who majored in this department. 
Of this number 16 are known to be engaged in 
dairy work. Possibly there are 2 or 3 others. 
In addition to this our records show 24 others, 
who majored in some other department but who 
took some of the dairy courses, engaged in dairy 

M. J. McNamara 17 has tor several years 
been the successful manager of the Producers 
Dairy Company, Brockton, Mass. This is a 
farmers co-operative plant handling 7000 to 
8000 quarts of milk daily and making a con- 
siderable quantity of ice cream. It is probably 
the largest ahd one of the most modern plants 
of its kind in New England. Prior to "Mac's" 
regime the plant was headed for bankruptcy 
but this boy had the necessary punch to rectify 
matters and ever since he became manager it 
has enjoyed prosperity. 

Francis W. Small '14, has, since 1919, been 
connected with the Dairy Division of the Massa- 
chusetts Department of Agriculture. He is now 
its assistant director. Prior to 1919 he had a 
varied experience in teaching and milk plant 
work and was in the service of Uncle Sam during 

the war. .... , . _ 

Harry Lindquist 22, received his M.S. 
from the University of Maryland and is at 
present connected with the dairy department of 
that university as instructor. _ 

Irving R. Knapp '22, majored in Animal 
Husbandry but was converted into a dairy-man 
at the Penn. State College where he received 
his M.S. degree in June 1924. He is now factory 
superintendent of a plant at Somerset, Penn. 
This plant makes 100,000 gallons of ice cream 
and 90,000 pounds of butter annually in addition 
to having a retail milk and cream trade. 

A. T. Courchene '16, worked with H. P. 
Hood & Sons of Boston before entering the war. 
Since the war he has been with the Somers 
Creamery Co., of Springfield, Mass. This is a 
modern milk and ice cream plant and "Al" is 
now superintendent. Rolland F. Lovering '22, 
is with the same company. 

"Dave" (I never heard him called anything 
else did you?) Buttrick '17, isin the wholesale 
cream and butter business with his father at 
30 Mill St., Arlington, Mass. They have a fine 
new plant that "Dave" will be glad to show you 

Forrest Grayson '18, has, since graduation, 
been with the Detroit Creamery Company, of 
Detroit, Mich. This is one of the largest con- 
cerns in the country and they think a lot of 
"Goo". They have given him opportunity to 
get experience in every branch of their business 
and the Superintendent writes "I count on him 
for a pinch hitter anywhere". 

Brooks Jakeman '20 and "Bob" Fuller '21 
are salesmen for the Wright-Ziegler Co. of 
Boston, dairy equipment manufacturers and 
jobbers. Brooks covers the Rhode Island and 
southeastern Massachusetts territory while 


In your Christmas giving, don't 
forget your Alma Mater. It may be only 
a little that you can give but that little 
this year, and next, and the year after, 
together with the little that others give 
each year will soon build a sizable Alumni 
Fund, which may, in the future, prove to 
be the very salvation of the College. 
Contributions should be sent to the 
Alumni Office, M.A.C, Amherst, Mass,, 
and checks made payable to Clark L. 
Thayer, treasurer. 



That the Pomology Department is growing 
nearly 400 varieties of fruits in its 50 acres of 
plantations — 75 varieties of apples; 80 of peaches 
25 of pears; 20 of plums; 40 of strawberries; 50 
of grapes; and others in smaller numbers? 

That the annual sales of fruit amount to 
$7500 or more? 

That the Pomology Department is carrying 
21 distinct projects in various phases of orchard 
management and that 4 men give their full time 
to this work? 

That a peach-breeding project is under way 
in an attempt to produce a high quality variety 
hardy enough to stand northern winters better 
than any variety we now have? 

That ten experiments are under way on the 
soil management and fertilization of orchards? 

That the College has 1200 apple trees grow- 
ing on known roots in an effort to secure superior 
roots of a uniform type? 

That a total of 4444 fruit trees are under 
experimental observation? 

That Dr. J. K. Shaw and Professor A. P. 
French certified for the Massachusetts Fruit 
Growers Association 166,000 apple trees in 
13 nurseries in 4 states, and refused certification 
to 9500 trees as probably misnamed? 

That the Pomology Department is growing 
a row of eleven Mcintosh trees, set in 1890 that 
has never missed a crop since 1907; that this 
year the average yield of these trees was 29 
bushels, with three trees running 41J, 43|, and 
47i bushels respectively? 

"Bob" lives at Haverhill and covers the territory 
north of Boston. These boys can sell you any- 
thing from a cream whipper to a churn. 

M. W. Chase the lone dairy major of the 
class of '20 is making a fine record for his class. 
Ever since graduation he has been with the 
Breyer Ice Cream Co. of Philadelphia, one of 
the best known companies in the country. 
Most of his work has been in the country in 
condensed milk plants, later having charge of 
the construction of these plants. When the 
company went into the retail milk business 
about two years ago "Mai" was placed in 
charge of the seven country stations and it is 
now up to him to see that the hungry babies of 
"Philly" get their milk on time and in good 

E. H. Turner '10 is superintendent of the 
ice cream department of the Frank E. Boyd Co. 
of Everett, Mass. Clarence B. Lane '95 is in 
charge of the scientific department of the 
Supplee-Mills-Jones Milk Co. of Philadelphia. 
H. D. Lucas '14 is inspector of milk and ice 
cream plants for the Birmingham, Alabama, 
Board of Health. 

Space prohibits a story of other men engaged 
in an occupation that is a real necessity and 
boon to humanity. * Head of Dairy Department. 

Fraternit y Rush ing Starts 



Nutting Ave., Amherst, Mass. 
September 16, 1925. 
Dear Dad: 

I have been pretty busy getting settled 
since I left you Sunday night and just got 
around to drop you a line and tell you that I'm 
all well and happy. 

The first thing we had to do after lunch on 
Monday was to register and get our cards with 
the names of our classes on them. I had to 
stand in line for about an hour and a half, 
which was worse than a day's work. Must have 
been like what Bill used to talk about when he 
was here during the S.A.T.C. days. Remember 
they had to stand in line even to eat? Only he 
used to speak of Billy Hasbrouck, and how he 
always scowled and looked fierce on Registration 
Days, and, of course, he isn't here now. Dean 
Machmer looked cheerful enough. After that, 
I went up and had President Lewis sign the card. 
He is a pleasant man, and looks as though he 
surely might have been a big-league player 
back in the old days. Everyone here seems to 
want him to be made President officially right 

Well, after all the standing in line, I went 
over to Stockbridge Hall and had a thorough 
physical examination. First they took my 
height, weight, etc., and then Prof. Curry Hicks 
gave me a medical examination, that made a 
contortionist out of me for a few minutes. I 
seem to be all right, and may be in the Rope 
Pull on Saturday. 

Up till today we have been eating at the 
cafeteria at about fifty cents a throw, but the 
regular Dining Hall opened today, and we get 
mighty good food at seven dollars a week. All 
of the freshmen have to eat there, and I met 
several new fellows at my table. Yesterday 
(Tuesday) we had our pictures taken separately, 
and those who had not had their cards signed, 
etc., went through the lines. It was a dull day, 
for not many of the upperclassmen were back, 
except the football men. I watched them prac- 
tice, and then went downtown to the movies 
with another chap at night. 

This morning we were given our class 
sections. There are about 175 of us in all, 
counting 38 co-eds. Seems almost like a branch 
of Smith College here, but that won't be so 
tough, for maybe I can get my dancing partner 
here and not have to go over the mountain the 
way the boys used to do. College really opened 
with Assembly this afternoon, and President 
Lewis spoke. It was like a home-coming day, 
with everyone saying Hello to everyone else. 
This afternoon we all had the first of a set of 
mental tests given by the Psychological Prof, 
of the Department of Education, to see if we 
are "all there" and how much! 

Tonight I am going down to one of the frat 
houses. Rushing season has just begun, and we 
are being made to feel quite popular already. 
There hasn't been much excitement yet, though 
we have our Freshman caps, and a bunch of 
rules and regulations, which tell us to jump all 
the nines in the sidewalk numerals, not to talk 
to the women, to carry matches, and to pay due 
respect to faculty and upperclassmen. 

I'll write more the end of the week. 


The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, November 25, lf25 


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Entered as second class matter, March 17* 
1920, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass." 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Address all communications to The 

editorial committee 

William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
John A. Crawford '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Ernest S. Russell '161 n «: r : n 
Richard A. Mellen '21/ ex omcl ° 

Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 




Died at his home in Springfield on October 
17, 1925, William Perkins Birnie of the Pioneer 
Class of M.A.C. Of the twenty-eight men 
graduated under President Clark in 1871, 
Birnie's death leaves nine to still carry on. 

Born in Becket in 1849, trained in the 
schools of Springfield, he entered the College in 
1867, of which his father was trustee. After 
various business experiences, he established the 
Birnie Paper Company in his home city of 
which he remained the head till his death. 

Married three years after graduation to 
Mary W. Matthews of New York, whose death 
preceded his by ten years, he leaves a daughter 
and a son, Dr. John M. Birnie. Their constant 
care relieved the long and tedious illness of his 
last years. 

In college he was a member of the D.G.K., 
one of the oldest of the fraternities. Since 
graduation always active in promoting class 
reunions at which he was always to be counted 
on, his last appearance with us being at our 
50th anniversary in 1921 when he took part in 
the parade led by '71 with their maroon and 
white umbrellas. He took an active part in 
placing the '71 memorial tablet on the campus 
in front of South College, commemorating the 
planting of the first group of elms. 

A member of the South Church in Spring- 
field, a republican in politics, holding high 
honors in the Masonic order, he was a loyal 
friend to the College and to his Class. 

Edgar E. Thompson '71 



Lewis F. Drury '13 and Kenneth A. Salman 
'24 have contributed to the Alumni Fund since 
contributions were reported last month. So far 
this year ninety-five alumni have either contrib- 
uted to this fund or paid sustaining member- 


On November 16th receipts totaled $2036.76 
and expenditures $1478.72. To meet the 
$3000.00 budget 370 more ordinary membership 
dues are needed and fourteen more sustaining. 

w'76 Edward A. Ellis writes, "Practicing 
law here (Miami, Fla.) since June 11, 1925. 
Expect to attend Commencement in 1926." 

'95 H. D. Hemenway writes, "At the 
request of the head of the Construction Depart- 
ment of the Veterans Bureau I have prepared 
plans for the development of the grounds about 
the Rutland Hospital; the plan to be carried 
out on a three year program. The cost of this 
development will be a little over $45,000.00. 
When completed the grounds will be very 
attractive. Already I have used several car 
loads of cement for a dam for an ornamental 
pond and retaining walls." 

'07 Archie A. Hartford writes that he 
married Orrie E. Worth in 1919. He is now 
farming in Freedom, Maine. 


First Returns Indicate Successful 


Six alumni meeting in Charlotte telegraphed 
"Heard all the program clearly, especially en- 
joyed Professor Waugh's flute and the College 


Miami telegraphed "Fifteen alumni enjoy- 
ing World Aggie Night banquet in Blue Bowl 
Tea Room after a dip in the Atlantic. It's always 
June in Miami." 


Cleveland telegraphed to Acting President 
Lewis "Cleveland alumni thirteen strong on 
Friday, the thirteenth, symbolic of good luck, 
send congratulations and assurance of their 
loyal support." 


"Through the courtesy of Mr. C. E. Dodge, 
a member of the faculty here, his radio was set 
up in the Faculty Club and twelve of us gathered 
to enjoy the evening and the radio program. At 
the end we all joined in on the college song and 
the long yell and we all had a corking good time." 


"Our World Aggie Night was undoubtedly 
the most satisfactory that we have ever held." 
Thirty two alumni were present, three faculty 
members including Acting President Lewis, and 
five undergraduates, including most of the 
radio party. Arthur C. Curtis '94 was re-elected 
president and Herbert W. Headle '13, secretary- 
treasurer. Robert S. Fay '13 was toastmaster. 
Two '71 men were present, Cole and Leonard. 


This meeting was attended by seventeen 
alumni and thirteen wives. S. M. Holman '83 
was master of ceremonies and called on everyone 
present, ladies included. 


"The Central Ohio Alumni Association 
met at the Ohio State University Faculty Club 
for dinner." Eleven alumni and one former 
faculty man were present. M. D. Lincoln '14 
was elected president and J. F. Lyman '05, 
secretary for the year. The radio program from 
WBZ was fine." 


Twelve local and five Bridgeport alumni 
gathered at the Suburban Club. F. A. Bartlett, 
president of the Fairfield County Club presided. 


"Successful dinner Friday. Thirty present. 
New Officers: W. H. Beal, former member of 
Experiment Station staff, president; H. T. 
Edwards '96, 1st vice-president; J. W. Welling- 
ton '08, 2nd vice-president; F. W. Marsh '15, 
secretary- treasurer; G. A. Billings, '95, choragus. 
Talks by H. T. Edwards '96 on Philippine ex- 

periences, by R. F. Martin '23 on World Aggie 
Night in Paris, and by Charles S. Howe '78, 
president of Case School of Applied Sciences, 
a visitor." 


A very successful alumnae meeting was held 
at the home of Bena Erhard in East Milton. 
Twelve alumnae were present and also Mrs. 
Curry S. Hicks and Miss Lorian P. Jefferson 
as faculty representative. Marion Pulley '19 
was selected as chairman and Esther Cushman 
'07 as secretary for next year's meeting. 


"The Fitchburg Club observed World 
Aggie Night at Hotel Raymond, Fitchburg, 
with a supper followed by business and a social 
hour. There were fifteen present including 
ladies." Dr. H. D. Clark '93 and F. H. Fowler 
'87 were continued in office as president and 
secretary. R. J. Watts '07 was present as the 
representative of the College. 


About sixty-five attended the Worcester 
meeting. Frank S. Clark w'87 presided as 
toastmaster. George F. E. Story, Director of 
Experiment Station S. B. Haskell '04, and 
Professor Alexander Mackimmie were the 


"The alumni of southeastern Massachusetts 
held World Aggie Night at the New Bedford 
Hotel. There were present at the dinner twenty- 
six alumni and ladies. During the evening others 
came in, making a total attendance of thirty; 
twenty of them alumni. This is the third meet- 
ing in New Bedford to which ladies were invited. 
Eight present have attended all three. There 
were two members of the class of '71; Gideon H. 
Allen and Albert King; and one member of the 
class of '73; Dr. Thomas A. Capen. Elmer 
Poole '03 acted as toastmaster. Officers were 
elected for the next year: Erford W. Poole '96, 
chairman; Benj. A. Gilmore '16, secretary. 
Professor Machmer gave a very interesting 
account of the affairs of the College. D. C. 
Potter '95, who is perhaps the oldest living 
alumnus, being eighty one, attended." 

Five alumni and their wives were present 
at Buffalo. R. B. Lambert '21 elected to report 
the meeting writes "We plan to continue the 
meetings including wives as this proved a very 
successful meeting." 


"A jolly crowd of some 70 alumni, faculty, 
and wives gathered at Memorial Hall. An 
orchestra provided music for dancing, and all 
bowling alleys were reserved. Theoren L. 
Warner '08 spoke on trustee-alumni legislation, 
and Robert D. Hawley '18, outlined the college 
progress during the year. A quartette of seniors 
put on a musical program. A buffet lunch 
followed and the radio program began coming 
in from WBZ between mouthfuls of sandwiches, 
doughnuts, and squash pie." 


"Our Aggie Night gathering in Newark last 
Friday evening was a splendid success. We had 
twenty-seven M.A.C. men present, ranging 
from the class of '81 to '22 inclusive. The men 
present were so enthusiastic over the meeting 
that it was unanimously agreed to organize an 
informal New Jersey M.A.C. Club. Professor 
L. G. Schermerhorn '10 was made chairman and 
H. J. Baker '11 was made secretary for the next 
year's meeting. A desire was expressed by some 
that we have more than one meeting a year, 
which may be done." 


Pittsburg telegraphed "World Aggie Con- 
cert being heard clearly by Estes '16, Temple- 
ton and Tetrault '25 and Nicolet '14." 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, November 25, 1925 



The score at the end of the sixth game stands 
M.A.C. 146, opponents 52, with five games won 
and one lost. We lost the one we wanted most 
to win but even so it was a great game and 
there is no shame in the defeat. As one news- 
paper correspondent puts it, "This being the 
age of speed it was only fitting and proper that 
one of the speediest Amherst elevens in history 
should triumph over a courageous, well-schooled 
and game-to-the-core M.A.C. team by a 27 to 
score here this afternoon. Amherst was stronger 
than its rival from the other end of the town in 
speed only, but that was the only thing needed 
to turn back the Aggies." 

The team gave Connecticut Aggie a trim- 
ming that was even sounder than the score (13-0) 
indicates. We made 20 first downs to Connec- 
ticut's 3 and outplayed Dole's outfit from start 
to finish. 


There is a factor in Aggie football aside from 
the, quality of play and the victories won that 
commends the sport to all true Aggie men. And 
that is the character of the men who participate. 
This year's team is a shining example of the 
power of the game to attract strong men, or it 
may be that the game develops their strength. 
However that may be, they have it. And we 
are not now describing pure brawn. 

Let's consider scholarship. The three 
year's averages of the ten senior members of the 
team are as follows: 86.8, 84.4, 84.1, 83.2, 79.8, 
77.9, 76.3, 75.7, 75.2, 70.4. 

They are morally strong, too. Half of them 
never smoke and none are addicted to habits of 
disrepute. A finer group of men would be hard 
to find. They do not live for football alone, 
either. Many are carrying other college respon- 


Coach Derby's harriers have completed 
what is probably the best record ever made by 
an Aggie cross country team. They have com- 
peted in six dual races of which they have won 
five. Wesleyan along was able to defeat them. 
At the Intercollegiates at Boston the team was 
eighth among twelve competitors. Considering 
the number of teams competing, our standing 
was the best the college has accomplished since 

Outstanding victories were those against 
Rhode Island and Williams. The latter was last 
year's Intercollegiate Champion and ranked 
third this year. We beat Amherst for the third 
time in four years. Seven Aggie men tied for 
first in the W.P.I, race. 

The season has been decidedly successful 
and we all look forward to more like it. Only 
two members of the team will be lost by gradua- 
tion and their place will be ably filled by sub- 
stitutes now on the squad. 


The report of the Alumni Committee on 
student activities has probably had considerable 
influence in bringing favorable action on the 
part of the trustees concerning the construction 
of a new physical education building. Professor 
Hicks has long voiced the tremendous need for 
this equipment and now the prospect of getting 
it seems brighter than ever before. 

The trustees are asking for funds with which 
to build, during the next year, the basement 
only. This basement will contain dressing 
rooms, baths, swimming pool and rifle gallery. 
It will be covered with a temporary roof until 
such a time as other increments can be added. 



In the annual Fall Phi Kappa Phi elections, 
the following seniors were elected to membership 
in the scholastic fraternity: Elmer E. Barber of 
Jamaica Plain; Maude E. Bosworth of Holyoke; 
Ernest A. Dick of Lawrence; Alton H. Gustafson 
of Brockton; Alvah W. Jones of Salisbury; 
Majel M. MacMasters of Ashburnham; and 
Margaret P. Smith of Taunton. From the 
faculty the following were initiated: Dr. Charles 
P. Alexander, Assistant Professor of Entomology; 
Willard P. Jones, instructor of Agronomy; and 
Ralph A. Van Meter, Professor of Pomology. 
Continuing the policy inaugurated last year, 
the society gave the student body a chance to 
meet the initiates at the assembly following the 
ceremony. President Neilson of Smith College 
gave the address. It is interesting to note that 
three of the seven chosen for the high scholastic 
honors were co-eds. 



Work has commenced on the construction 
of the new Cavalry Barn, which is to replace 
the one destroyed by fire early in the fall. The 
new barn will be of concrete construction, and 
will be built in two sections, one for the horses, 
and the other for the storing of forage. The 
temporary tent barn was blown down recently 
in a violent wind storm, with no damage to the 


The combination Razoo Night and Night 
Shirt Parade, postponed from the opening week 
to early in November, resulted in an even break 
for the two lower classes, the freshmen winning 
in the boxing and wrestling, while the sopho- 
mores won an overwhelming victory in the 
Parade. There has been considerable unofficial 
criticism among the students, because these 
events, originally planned to cement class spirit 
among the freshmen, should have been postponed 
to allow more freedom in fraternity rushing. In 
any case, the events were contested with the 
usual vigor and spirit. 


We hardly know just what the significance 
of this is, but we can only report that the 
sophomore co-eds voted to have their own 
"smokers" not long ago, and a part of the 
money raised by the class to defray the ex- 
penses of those functions was voted to the 
women of the class to use as they saw fit. 

'16 Justin S. Hemenway has just moved to 
Dolores, Texas, from Houston, and is teaching 
science in the High School in Laredo. He writes, 
"Coming back for reunion next June. Expect 
to flivver up." 


Memorial Hall serves many purposes, edu- 
cational as well as social. There has been on 
display in the main hall a remarkable exhibition 
of original oil paintings by celebrated American 
artists. The loan of the collection was secured 
through Professor Waugh, and has attracted 
many students. 


Among the newcomers on the Faculty this 
year is Paul H. Kellar, who comes to the modern 
language department as instructor in French 
and German. Mr. Kellar has spent his life in 
various European armies, and joined the Ameri- 
can army prior to the World War. He was 
wounded and gassed, and so, after the War 
(from_ which he emerged with the rank of 
captain) he decided to put his intimate knowledge 
of languages to use, and began to study at Boston 
University, from which he was graduated in 
1925. He is now studying for his M.A. in the 
same institution. 


Mr. Arthur P. French, instructor in the 
Department of Pomology, has just spent a 
highly interesting and profitable summer doing 
some intensive work on the identification of 
nursery stock by certain leaf traits. This 
particular field, which many of our alumni will 
recognize as the original contribution of Dr. J. 
K. Shaw of the M.A.C. Experiment Station to 
Horticultural Science, is a new one. This 
summer, Dr. Shaw planned to assume charge 
of a nursery man's school at Geneva, N. Y., in 
which the nursery-men would learn the identifi- 
cation methods. He was however, unfortunately 
compelled to give up his work because of a 
serious illness, and Mr. French whom he trained, 
went to Geneva in his place. Among the nursery- 
men who were present from all over the country, 
was a representative of the Stark Brothers 
Orchards of Louisiana, Missouri. He was so 
impressed by the quality of Mr. French's work 
that he came to M.A.C. after the school was 
over, to see if arrangements could be made which 
would enable Mr. French to spend some time in 
September with the Stark Brothers concern, 
teaching their men the certification methods. 
Professor Sears willingly acquiesced, and Mr. 
French visited the Stark Orchards in Missouri, 
Arkansas and Oklahoma, and instructed the 
men in charge of the nursery stock in each case. 
Mr. French is a graduate of Ohio- State, and 
took his M.S. at Aggie in 1923. 


The abolishment of the time-honored pond 
parties and arena parties has made it imperative 
that sophomore ingenuity should contrive a new 
method of disciplining the too-wise members of 
the yearling class. So the fans at a recent 
football game were treated to an unusual spec- 
tacle between the halves, when four freshmen, 
attired in abbreviated -costumes, and equipped 
with milk bottles, broomsticks, and kiddie cars, 
put on an exhibition of drilling, horsemanship, 
and aesthetic dancing. The experiment was 
highly successful from the viewpoint of the 
spectators, and was a very well organized bit 
of horseplay that would have done honor to 
Nick Altrock and his partners of big-league 

'19&w'21 Douglas H. Huntoon is en- 
gaged in plumbing and heating in Norwood, 
Mass. He writes, "Parker Whittle's brother, 
Wallie, coaching at Weymouth beat us in 
football but we got him in basketball." 


Mr. John J. Helyar of Brattleboro, Vt., has 
been appointed Extension Professor of Agronomy 
to succeed Prof. John Abbot. Mr. Helyar gradu- 
ated from the University of Vermont in 1909, 
and he also has his M.S. from that institution. 
He served as instructor in Agronomy at the 
University of Vermont from 1909-1912; from 
1912-1920 he was associated with Rutgers. 
College and the New Jersey Experiment Station. 
He has had a wide experience as farm manager, 
and since 1923 has been employed as county 
agent in Windham County, Vermont. 


All the graduates of M.A.C. who took any 
Aggie Ec. remember the famous Agricultural 
Ladder, you know — laborer, tenant, part owner, 
owner? We have also a Transportation Ladder, 
evidences of which are seen in every direction 
this Fall. The steps in this ladder are pedestrian, 
bicycler, Ford driver, automobile owner; and 
the latest member of the faculty to achieve the 
top rung is Doctor Peters. Gone — long since — is 
his bicycle. Gone is his famous red wheeled 
flivver — a brand new Hupmobile has taken its 
place. Prof. Julian skipped the Ford stage, but 
he has risen triumphantly from the ranks of 
the bicyclers to the glory of a prosperous looking 
car. It grieves the campus to have the pro- 
fessors so conventional — we like our campus 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, November 25, 1925 


'23 Donald G. Nowers, June 24, 1925 at 
Boston, Mass. 

'20 & '21 Charles H. Anderson to Susan 
A. Smith, October 31, 1925, at Alford, Mass. 


'08 A son, Hugh Salisbury, to Orton L. 
and Margaret Tuckerman Clark, November 14, 

'19 A son, Donald Ernest, to Mr. and 
Mrs. George N. Peck, July 16, 1925. 

F A son, Harold Edward, to Richard T. 
and Catherine Verges Muller, November 11, 


'71 Gideon H. Allen. "Farmers Urged to 
Develop Woodland to Cut Fuel Costs." New 
Bedford Sunday Standard, October 18, 1925. 

'10 Samuel W. Mendum. "Record Keep- 
ing for Farmers." An adaptation of double 
entry to be used by the farmer. May also be 
used as a text by prospective farmers. 

'14&'18 Dr. D. A. Coleman and H. C. 
Fellows. "Hygroscopic Moisture of Cereal 
Grains and Flaxseed Exposed to Atmospheres 
of Different Relative Humidity." 

'14 Stuart B. Foster. "The Behavior of 
Deaminized Collagen," and "The Destructive 
and Preservative Effects of Neutral Salts on 
Hide Substance." 

Faculty Dr. A. E. Cance. Bulletin entitled 
"Proposed Organization of the Cape Cod Shell 
Fish Company." 

'23 Frederick B. Cook is studying at the 
Oberlin Graduate School of Theology in prepara- 
tion for foreign mission work. 

'23 Philip Gold is at present a student at 
the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 

'23 "Howard Gordon is doing some good 
coaching work in Walpole, the next town south 
of here," writes an alumnus in Norwood, "but 
Norwood beat him in everything last year." 

'25 Ralph H. Bray is engaged in engineer- 
ing, landscape, and golf course construction for 
the American Park Builders, M. H. West '03, 
president, Chicago, 111. 

'25 Rita Casey, teaching in Derby, Vt., 
writes, "Maple sugar is just as good as I expected 
it to be." 

'25 Osborne Davis writes, "Am teaching 
in the high school (Milton, Vt.) being rated as 
Assistant Principal. It is a typical New England 
town of about 700 people, set back from any 
large town. (St. Albans 12 miles away and 
Burlington 16 miles.) Miles of woods and rather 
good hunting (bears are rather plentiful around 

'25 Lewis H. Keith is a foreman with the 
City Park Department of Miami, Fla. D. O. 
Fish, who was associated with Ross & Hatch, 
he writes, is now with the Miami Park Depart- 
ment, also. 

'25 Solomon Gordon is attending the 
Boston University School of Education. 

'25 Carl E. F. Guterman is studying at 
Cornell University for a Ph.D. in plant pathology. 

'25 Emily G. Smith is Girls' Club Secretary 
in Fitchburg. 

'25- Milton W. Taylor who is taking 
graduate work in Physiological Chemistry at 
the Iowa State College writes, "Bob Jones '20 
and myself the only M.A.C. men in this vicinity 
are both in the same department of chemistry 
here. It makes it mighty nice." 

'25 Emerson Tower is engaged in invest- 
ment banking in Providence, R. I. 

'20 The engagement has been announced 
of Warren M. Dewing to Miss Doris Neal. 


'19 Ralph T. Howe writes, "I have seen 
Roy Foster '18 on campus several times this 
summer. 'Joe' Wood '22, Carl Stearns '17, and 
Stowell '17, came up from Essex Aggie for 
Horticultural Day in our Farmers' Week. It 
seems good to see some of the old faces. I hope 
more will show up some day, and I also hope 
that no 'Aggot' will ever come into this part of 
the country without dropping in to see us. 
John Marsh, a special in 1914-15, I believe, 
who is now farming in or near New Hampton, 
N. H., was also here for Farmers' Week." 

'19 Charles O. Dunbar has affiliated with 
his cousin Arthur M. Howard in apple orchard 
work in Richmond. The orchard consists of 
several hundred thriving young trees. 

'19 Myrt.on F. Evans is in business for 

himself, selling Hudson and Essex cars under 

the firm name of The Proctor-Colley Company. 

'19 Loring V. Tirrell has been advanced 

to the rank of Assistant Professor of Animal 

Husbandry at the New Hampshire State College. 

'20 George Campbell has been appointed 

District Freight Representative in Jacksonville, 

Florida, for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad. 

'20 John A. Crawford has resigned from 

the College as Extension Editor to accept a 

position with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

'20 Charles F. Doucette writes, "Have 
been transferred to this section (from Willow 
Grove, Pa.), to establish a field station for the 
study of insects infesting bulbs. The bulb 
industry is rather young but developing rapidly 
and centers around here at the present time. 

'20 Laurence P. Martin writes, "I am 
located at 107^ Oak St., Binghamton, N. Y., 
employed by the Lane Construction Corp., and 
at present building city pavements here. My 
work as superintendent for L. C. C. takes me 
all over New York, Pennsylvania, and New 

'22 Henry Nigro is a junior in the Boston 
University School of Medicine. 

'22 The Trustees of the Berkshire County 
Board of Agriculture have appointed Harry J. 
Talmage as County Agricultural Agent to suc- 
ceed Lawrence A. Bevan '13. 

'24 Leland H. Fernald writes, "I have 
just completed my first six months as an em- 
ployee of the Brockton Public Market Corpora- 
tion. I have been treated exceptionally well 
here. The superintendent has been moving me 
to all departments so that I will be able to learn 
all phases of the business. For the past two 
months I have been cutting meat but this week 
I was moved to the wholesale room. The super, 
has offered me something pretty good as soon 
as I get a good working knowledge of the market 
and as I like the work very much, think I will 
stick with it." 

'25 Gilbert J. Haeussler, Junior Ento- 
mologist, U.S.D.A., is working on the Oriental 
Peach Moth at Riverton, N. J. 

w'25 May E. Russell is teaching in 
Haverhill, Mass. 

FG Benjamin F. Wolfe is teaching forestry 
and landscape gardening at the University of 

sp.'ll Percival Mott, teacher of wood- 
working in the Taunton Continuation School 
says he has a patent to sell. 

sp.'21 Armin T. Kaiser is Boys' Secretary 
of the Y.M.C.A. in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

sp.'17 Karl D. Webber, orchardist in 
Brattleboro, Vt., says he hopes to spend two 
months in Florida after the packing season is 



An Index has made money — enough in fact 
to have a banquet and still have a little more to 
dispose of. The 1926 Index Board had a balance 
of $100 and voted what was left after the ban- 
quet to the Collegian for a rhotogravure section 
in the Commencement issue. Most Indexes in 
recent years have had deficits. 


The Roister Doisters recently attended a 
presentation of "The Dover Road" by the 
Northampton Players and were entertained by 
the players after the performance. 


C. G. Mackintosh '21 writes, "Here 
is a coincidence where insignia counts a 
thousand miles away. I was refereeing a 
football game, and K- C. Bevan '17 
recognized my sweater. The next day I 
noticed a M.A.C. banner on the back of 
a tourist car. I drove by them, and in 
passing learned that it was E. A. Hendry 

'22 Harry J. Talmage has resigned his 
position at Smith Academy in Hatfield and has 
accepted that of County Club Leader for Berk- 
shire County, succeeding E. S. Russell a Univer- 
sity of Maine graduate. Mr. Talmage's head- 
quarters are in Pittsfield with the Berkshire 
County Extension Service. 

'24 Harold D. Stevenson writes "I am 
still working for the Park Department of Miami 
and really like down here very well. At present 
I am in charge of developing a small tract of 
hammock land on the water front into a public 
park. I expect to be finished on that by the first 
of September after having spent three months 
on it. I find that, as a whole, I enjoy the outside 
work much better than the drafting etc., which I 
was doing during the winter. Louis Keith and 
"Doug" Barnes, both '24 men, are also working 
for the Park Dept. Louis has been fixing up 
the central parkways on Birchell Ave., and 
"Doug" has had the job of making something 
out of an old time cemetery allotted to him. 
I frequently meet Hart '15 who is connected 
with the government station on Cocoanut Bud 
Rot and we are planning on a reunion in October 
for Aggie night. 

FG Herman H. Brace, head of the depart- 
ment of Education at the State Normal School 
in Lowell is a member of the executive committee 
of the State Normal School Teachers Association 
and a member of the National Council of the 
Boy Scouts of America. 

FG Edward A. Richmond, entomologist, 
writes that five members of the class of 1926 
worked with him at the Japanese Beetle labora- 
tory in Riverton, N. J., during the summer. 

FG Leslie C. Whitaker writes, "I am 
principal of Pyinmana (Burma, India) Agri- 
cultural School, a mission school. We are trying 
to teach jungle boys how to get better crops 
from their farms. The work given is mainly of 
a practical nature but we do give a bit of elemen- 
tary botany, soils, etc. I teach the farm crops 
courses and have charge of the two hundred acre 
farm. That would not be bad with good help 
but when one must use students for labor it is 
not easy to get good results. The third school 
year has just opened with an enrollment of 

'17 Capt. Charles W. Hagelstein is attend- 
ing the Captains' Class at the Infantry School, 
Fort Benning, Georgia. 

w'20 Donald H. Smith has left for Cuba 
to take up his duties as Chief Control Chemist 
for the Central Espana in Perico. 

'21 Arthur W. Leighton, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Graphics at Tufts College, writes, 
"Married and have one son, Arthur W., Jr., 
aged 14 months. Received degree of Master 
of Education from Harvard in 1924, and am 
working for doctor's degree in education at 
Harvard in addition to my teaching at Tufts." 
'21 Last July, Henry L. Rice entered the 
sales force of John C. Dow Co. of Boston, 
manufacturers of poultry foods and fertilizers. 

'22 Harry G. Lindquist is now with the 
Department of Dairying at the Ohio State 

'25 Donald B. Alexander is engaged at 
present in design and construction of several 
home grounds, two residential subdivisions and 
a fifty acre cemetery and incidental engineering 



yoi. vii. 

Amherst, Massachusetts, December 26, 1925 

No. 5 



Under the guise of economy, and viewing 
printing as a commodity rather than publication 
as a mode of expression, the State centralized 
financial administration now has well-nigh abso- 
lute control over what the College and the 
Experiment Station may say in print. The 
censor is a political appointee. Thus far men who 
have occupied the important position of Director 
of the Division of Personnel and Standardization 
have had no training in editorial work in general, 
and particularly not in the editing of scientific 
publications. They have had little or no knowl- 
edge of things agricultural, nor yet of the appli- 
cation of science to agriculture. Their editing 
has been, not on the basis of securing effective 
presentation, but on that of securing presenta- 
tion (if at all) at minimum printing cost. 

Certain manuscripts reporting research 
work conducted at the Experiment Station have 
been refused authority for publication on the 
grounds that they were not "suited to farmers". 
That the farmers of the State would willingly 
agree to having the Station bulletins edited by 
political appointees has, however, never been 
demonstrated. Again, other manuscripts have 
been withdrawn after having been submitted, 
because authority for publication was made 
contingent on certain changes and revisions 
being made. The Director of the Station has 
steadfastly refused to be a party to such changes. 

Other manuscripts have indeed been printed, 
but in such an outrageous typographical form 
as to make them anything but attractive in 
appearance. Station publications are supposed 
to add to our store of knowledge. To be fully 
effective they must be indexed, must be bound 
and preserved as to make indexing possible. 
Yet in three successive publications put out this 
last season, one was paged at the top, a second 
was paged at the bottom, another was not 
paged at all. This is efficiency! 

Attempts have been made to delete material 
in reports submitted under the law and required 
by the law and prepared for the information of 
the taxpayers of the State. The Station Director 
has refused to permit deletion in material appear- 
ing over his signature. At the date of writing, 
report submitted for the year ending December 
1, 1924, has been held eight months by the 
Commission on Administration and Finance, has 
been the subject of numerous letters, but has 
not yet been printed. 

(Continued on Page 2, col. 2) 


This issue of the Bulletin contains 
facts about the College, which you, as 
an interested alumnus, should know. It 
is essential at this critical stage in the 
College's career, that every person of 
influence in this State be made aware of 
these facts. 

Have you seen your representative 
on this matter yet? 


That the educational policy of the College 
is determined not by the President and Trustees 
but by the Commission on Administration and 
Finance which controls salaries, the filling of 
vacancies, and the establishment of new positions 
That the salary of every teacher, research 
worker, extension specialist and other employee 
is fixed by the Commission on Administration 
and Finance. 

That no vacancy can be filled except on 
the basis of a requisition approved by the 
Commission on Administration and Finance 
which fixes the salary at which the new employee 
shall be engaged. 

That able men selected by the President and 
Trustees for important positions on the teaching 
staff have declined to come to the institution in 
part because of the control exercised by the 
State House. 

That the control exercised by the Commis- 
sion on Administration and Finance has been 
used even to the extent of discontinuing a posi- 
tion long established without consultation with 
the President or the Trustees. 

That the rate of pay for skilled and un- 
skilled labor is fixed by the Commission on 
Administration and Finance. 

That because of the authority exercised by 
the Commission on Administration and Finance, 
the Trustees have been unable to spend funds 
for personal service specifically appropriated for 
such by the Legislature. 

That it has been relatively easy to secure 
additional personnel in the departments which 
in the opinion of the Commission on Adminis- 
tration and Finance represent what that body 
thinks to be the real work of the College while 
it has been exceedingly difficult to secure addi- 
tions in those departments with which the 
Department is not in sympathy. 

That the Executive is obliged to secure the 
approval of the Commission on Administration 
and Finance before he may employ emergency 
or substitute teachers. 

That the Executive has to submit through 
the Commissioner of Education all official com- 
munications addressed to the Attorney General 
and other state officials. 

That the approval of the Commissioner of 
Education is required on all requisitions for 
personal service, on all appointments to the 
staff, on all schedules of bills and on the annual 

That every important decision of the Trus- 
tees concerning institutional policy is subject 
to veto by the Commission on Administration 
and Finance or by the Commissioner of Educa- 
tion or by both. 



July 1, 1913 — Work first undertaken. 

June 1, 1923 — Miss Q resigned. Salary 

rate $2580. 

June and July — Efforts to find a successor to 
begin work October 1, when position be- 
came vacant. Correspondence and con- 
ference with United States Department of 
Agriculture, Simmons College, Columbia, 
and State Leaders of Extension work else- 
where in the East. No one in sight. 
(Continued on Page 4, col. 1) 





The position of Extension Specialist in 
Nutrition in Massachusetts was vacant for a 
whole year because the salary authorized by the 
Commission was so low that no candidate at all 
qualified could be found. The salary in this case 
was fixed at a lower level' than the average of 
the salaries of home demonstration agents for 
the state, for whom the appointee would do 
specialist's service. The nutrition work, not 
only of the College, but also of the county ex- 
tension services, was at a standstill for a year. 
(The detail of this case is furnished below.) 

In response to persistent demand for home 
makers and home demonstration agents for 
specialist service in Home Management, the 
Extension Service offered to cancel another 
position (in landscape gardening) to release 
funds so that a specialist could be appointed in 
Home Management. Decision on this was de- 
layed months, and then the College was informed 
that neither the new position, nor the one can- 
celled to make funds for it, would be allowed. 
The women of the state are still insisting on 
home management specialist service, and it has 
not been made available. 

In 1923, the date when salary increases 
we're made effective was changed from June 1 
to September 1. In 1924, no salary increases 
were announced until October. Such delay had 
the effect of raising a question in the minds of 
staff members whether the Commonwealth 
really intended to reward efficient effort, and 
caused much unrest. 

The morale of the staff was not improved 
when those who had become a part of the staff 
with the promise of Sabbatic leave discovered 
that the privilege had been cancelled. 

Inability to apply revenues in the enter- 
prises which produce the revenues has reduced 
the effectiveness and scope of Correspondence 
Courses. Before control by the Commission, it 
was possible to pay a professor at the college or 
a person wholly outside the staff a fee sufficient 
to secure the preparation of courses and the 
correction of papers. The fees could be paid 
out of the revenues of the courses, and if more 
people enrolled than could be cared for by one 
instructor, more instructors could be hired from 
the added revenue. Under the Commission on 
Administration and Finance it has been practi- 
cally impossible to pay added fees to resident 
professors for undertaking the added burdens of 
Correspondence Course work, or to get adequate 
per hour compensation for those who were not 
on the staff. Furthermore, all receipts must be 
paid to the State Treasurer, and revenues could 
not be applied to the replenishing of Corres- 
pondence Course outlines. As printing of these 
was not allowed, it has been necessary to 
mimeograph them in a form far from satis- 


Read the enclosed pamphlet, and 
find out why the proposed legislation is 
necessary and what it is hoped to accom- 
plish. It will show you why your earnest 
support is desired and is expected. 


The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, December 26, 1925 


Published monthly at Amherst, Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M. A. C. 
Member of The Alumni Magazines Associated 

Subscription Ppice 

$1.00 per year 

Included in the $2.00 dues of 

members of the Associate 



William L. Doran '15, Chairman 

Roland H. Verbeck '08 

Robert D. Hawley '18 

Morton H. Cassidy '20 

Belding F. Jackson '22 

Miss Mary ■' » . ' 

Ernest S. Russell '16 ex officio 

Entered as second class matter, March 17 » 
1920, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass.» 
ander the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 


This issue of the ALUMNI BULLETIN is 
featuring the reasons for the proposed legislation 
effecting the College. It is felt that it is highly 
important that every alumnus and friend of the 
institution should know why it is necessary to 
seek relief from the present system of adminis- 
tration, which has grown up since the passage 
of the present laws under which the College is 
maintained. The feature articles and the 
supplement of this issue should be read care- 
fully as they contain information not before 
published. An attempt has been made simply 
to set forth conditions and facts as they are 
and not to blame any persons or departments 
that may in any way be connected with the 
College or its administration. It should be 
apparent to anyone, after careful study, that 
legislation is needed to clarify the authority 
and powers of the Board of Trustees and to 
establish a system of administration which will 
give the officers of the institution an opportunity 
to handle the business for which they are 
responsible in a thorough and businesslike way. 
The future of the College is in the balance and 
those who are interested can help by giving this 
information wide distribution among those who 
are in a position to bring about a change. 



Albert Tolman Wakefield 73, died at his 
home in Sheffield, Mass., November 4, 1925, as 
the result of a broken hip which he sustained 
by a fall on October 21st. He was born July 27, 
1853 in Madison, Ohio, the son of Rev. William 
Wakefield. He graduated at Marietta College 
in 1872, at Massachusetts Agricultural College 
in 1873, and at Jefferson Medical College in 
1878. He practiced medicine in Morocco, Ind., 
Peoria, 111., and for almost forty years in Shef- 
field, Mass. He has been deacon in the Congre- 
gational Church since 1886 and prominent in 
town affairs. He will be greatly missed as there 
is at present no other doctor in Sheffield. 


William R. Tower died in Cambridge, 
Mass., November 25, 1925. During the war 
he was a first lieutenant in the A.E.F. and 
was overseas two years. Since the war he had 
been in the brokerage and banking business, 
and at the time of his death he was assistant 
secretary in the Old" Colony Trust Company, 
Boston. He was a thirty-second degree Mason. 


As evidence of critical delays con- 
stantly developing in present system of 
purchases, through the State Purchasing 
Agent, the coal supply on December 14 
(date of writing) was sufficient for only 
48 hours, but three cars were at Millers 
Falls, and nine cars en route. In event of 
any delay or severe weather irreparable 
damage might have occurred. This is 
submitted to show how serious the present 
situation actually is. 


At the last meeting of the Executive Com- 
mittee held on November 20th, it_ was decided 
to purchase some needed office equipment. 

A report of the Alumni Committee on 
Trustees was received and their recommenda- 
tions endorsed. The Executive Committee also 
urged the appointment of a strong business man 
to this position. 

The usual number of Memorial Building 
pledges were considered and disposed of accord- 
ing to the rules already adopted. In view of 
the fact that a very few Memorial Building 
pledges have not even had a payment on the 
first part of the pledge, a special arrangement 
was made for the handling of these notes. 

A recommendation of Dr. Peters and Mr. 
Mellen on a system of class funds was unani- 
mously accepted. 

It was voted to adopt the suggested change 
in the reunion plan. This will be given wide 
publicity in some future issue. 

Dr. Peters' recommendation in regard to 
Phi Kappa Phi was accepted. 

Mr. Ralph J. Watts was appointed chair- 
man of the Hasbrouck Portrait Committee. 
The other members of the Committee will be 
chosen soon. 

The resignation of the Assistant Secretary 
was presented and accepted. 

A pamphlet concerning the legislative bill 
which will be presented in January was ordered 
printed. This is distributed with this issue. 


(Continued from Page l) 

This strangle hold on the freedom of speech 
of the research workers of the College and 
Station has had the only result which it could 
expect to have. Staff members are endeavoring 
to find other channels for publication. They are 
absolutely required to address other audiences 
than those in whose service they are supposed 
to be. There is no incentive for good writing, 
or discriminating presentation of data. It is 
increasingly difficult for the Station Director to 
secure prompt completion of projects. Instead 
of there being a greater responsibility to the 
people of the State, there is less. 

And once again, all of this is done in the 
name of economy and efficiency. 


" 'Only a drop in the bucket' — that 
is what the voter says when he goes 
fishing and not to the polls; that is what 
the slacker says when he dodges the 
draft." — J". DuPratt White, Cornell. 

"Don't let the same thought keep 
you from subscribing to our annual 
Alumni Fund." — Arthur C.Busch, Rutgers 

M.A.C. has an Alumni Fund, too. 
Clark L. Thayer is the treasurer and 
contributions should be sent to the 
Alumni Office. So far contribntions have 
ranged from fifty cents to one hundred 


Since June 1921, Richard A. Mellen, as 
Assistant Secretary of the Alumni Association, 
has had complete charge of the Alumni Office. 
On December 1, 1925, he accepted a position as 
scout leader for the City of Arlington. 

During Mr. Mellen's management the 
activities of the Alumni Office were greatly in- 
creased. The budget system has been installed 
and sufficient funds secured to properly operate 
the office. He has introduced new systems of 
filing the names and addresses of the alumni so 
that the work of the office has been much more 
speedy and accurate. 

The very large balance which was due on 
the Memorial Building pledges has been reduced 
to a comparatively small sum. Every member 
of the Alumni Association has had numerous 
letters from Mr. Mellen at one time or another 
and must have appreciated the care and thought- 
fulness which he put into these letters in order 
to strengthen the organization and its work. 

The Executive Committee has been very 
appreciative of the service which Mr. Mellen 
has performed and wish him well in his new 
position. His successor has not been appointed 
as yet but will doubtless be secured in a short 



Eleven guests enjoyed an informal dinner 
and Aggie "bullfest" which followed, at Sage 
Hall, Cornell. Inability to get the Radio 
program, due to the weather conditions, was the 
only drawback to a successful meeting. 


"Curses on the radio" was also the theme 
of this meeting, there being too many dead 
spots between Urbana and Springfield to get 
any of the program. Attendance here was 100$ 
Friday the thirteenth evidently was not favor- 
able to radio broadcasting. 


Plenty of spirit here, some of it "imported 
from Bimimi," was the report of J. Gerry Curtis, 
chairman of the meeting. After a splash in the 
ocean to start off the festivities, 16 men ad- 
journed to the Blue Bowl Tea Room, where a 
southern cooked chicken dinner was well taken 
care of. After this a speech was forthcoming 
from every member present, and all the College 
yells were broadcasted. 

"It was tentatively agreed to hold the next 
World Aggie Night meeting in Lakeland, as 
that city is more central to all parts of Florida, 
and the gang in Miami will go in a body and 
wake up the bunch from St. Pete." 


The University Club was the scene of the 
World Aggie gathering here on Saturday, Nov. 
14. Twenty-three were present, a smaller crowd 
than usual but with no less pep. The meeting 
was very informal, in keeping with the desires 
of the Southern California men. C. H. Griffin 
'04, chairman of the meeting, extends a cordial 
invitation to any alumni or faculty of the 
College, who may come to the Coast, to look 
him up. 


There were just seventy at this banquet. 
Professor F. C. Sears attended as the College 
representative. Two College trustees, Mr. 
Bowditch and H. L. Frost '95 attended. Ralph 
Piper '11 was re-elected chairman and James 
W. Dayton '15, secretary. It was voted to 
consider a possible spring "get-together" at a 
Roister Doister performance. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, December 26, 1925 



The Girls' Glee Club has completed its 
first contract, in Ludlow, and would be glad to 
consider others. The manager is Miss Ruth 
Davison, Adams Hall. 


The Aggie Revue, December 12, took the 
forjm of a musical comedy, based upon college 
life. The words were written by Mary T. Boyd 
'26 and the music by Harry Fraser '26. The 
leads were taken by Roy Norcross and Marion 
Cassidy, also of '26. 


The Index under the management of M. 
N. Smith, turned over a substantial balance, 
part of which was used for a banquet and the 
rest was contributed to the Collegian, which is 
having a lean year financially. 


Debates have been arranged with Bates, 
Boston University and Kansas. Another will 
doubtless materialize with Oklahoma, through 
the kindness of B. U. which recommended to 
Oklahoma two New England teams: Aggie and 


The Live Stock Judging team at the 
National Dairy Show stood 22nd among 22 
entries, and the Dairy Products team stood 
10th among 10 entries. 


More than one hundred couples attended the 
informal following the Tufts game here recently. 
Two orchestra, many alumni and guests, and a 
general display of high spirits as a result of the 
victory made the dance one of the outstanding 
events of the year. 

The Ninth Annual Poultry Show, which 
was held in Stockbridge Hall on November 23 
and 24 was a very successful affair, entries being 
received from all parts of the state, and the 
attendance being large on both days. 


w'10 A daughter, Eleanor Mae, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Harold I. Moore, September 7, 1925. 

'13 A son, Robert Edward, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Clark L. Thayer, October 11, 1925. 

'13 A daughter, Frances Eleanor, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Joseph B. Cobb, December 4, 1925. 


'23 Donald G. Nowers to Miss Persa 
Heginbotham of Salt Lake City, Utah, at Boston, 
Mass., June 24, 1925. 

'24 Fred Brunner, Jr., to Miss Marion 
Clayton of Hightstown, N. J., October 21, 1925. 

'24&w'25 Norman H. MacAfee to Miss 
Kathleen P. Adams, November 25, 1925, at 
Worcester, Mass. 


Springfield (Mass.) alumni celebrated on 
the eve of the Aggie-Springfield football game, 
November 25th, with a Ladies Night. This was 
the first meeting or party of its kind ever held 
by the Club, and Herbert Headle '13, the 
President, reports it as a decided success. Guests 
from the College included Kid Gore, Curry 
Hicks, George Cotton '22, this season's line 
coach, and Coach Pop Clark w'87. 

'25 W. W. Whittum sailed for Cuba, 
December 12, to work as a sugar chemist at 
Central Soledad in Cienfuegos. 


'01 R. I. Smith, in charge of the Boston 
office of the Federal Horticultural Board, U. S. 
Department of Agriculture, is president of the 
Boston U.S.D.A. Club. This club is made up 
of members of the U. S. Department of Agri- 
culture stationed in Boston and vicinity. 

'07 John F. Whitney is a civil engineer 
with the Boston & Maine R. R. and is located 
in Fitchburg. 

'13 Harry W. Allen is studying for his 
Ph.D. in the Department of Zoology and 
Entomology at the Ohio State University. 

'14 Melville B. Calvert wrote on Novem- 
ber 11th, "I am no longer in Jamaica, B.W.I., 
but back home taking charge of a store (no 
clerks) in place of my father who was acciden- 
tally killed by R. R. about three weeks ago." 

'14 Stuart B. Foster, head of the Depart- 
ment of Chemistry at the State Normal School 
in Framingham received his Ph.D. degree from 
Columbia University this year. His A.M. degree 
was received from Columbia in 1921. The two 
latest of his six publications are noted in that 

w'15 Major S. A. Cohen, M.R.C., attended 
the summer training camp for medical officers 
at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. 

w'15 Robert B. Gibbs is now employed in 
the Stores Department of the Norton Company, 

'16 Harold Aiken has given up his job and 
moved to Florida with two tents, one to rent, 
and one to live in, while he waits for customers 
for the layout of houselots he has spent his good 
money on., 

'20 George Campbell has bought a house in 
Jacksonville, Florida, but says the New England 
climate suits him better than anything he has 
substituted for it so far. 

'90 Henri D. Haskins was elected Presi- 
dent of the Association of Official Agricultural 
Chemists at the annual meeting held in October 
in Washington. 

'92 Granby's meanest thieves made a 
Thanksgiving raid on the poultry house of E. 
Thornton Clark and made off with his entire 
flock of choice turkeys. Mr. Clark feels that 
the marauders could have been generous enough 
at least to have left one of the birds for his own 
Thanksgiving dinner. 

'96 Harry T. Edwards after nearly a year 
in the Philippines is now in Washington, D. C, 
as technologist in the U. S. Department of 

'19 Ralph T. Howe writes, "I am return- 
ing to the Boston & Maine Railroad as an 
assistant in the President's office doing publicity 
work. I will be directly associated in my work 
with Mr. T. F. Joyce, assistant to President 
Hustis." Mr. and Mrs. Howe will make their 
home in Melrose, Mass. 

'21 Newton E. Lincoln is engaged to 
Thelma Robinson, November 28, 1925. 

- '21 & '23 R. G. Tillson writes, "C. A. 
Towne '23 and I, together with Mr. W. A. 
Cook have entered into the field of professional 
landscape architecture under the firm name of 
Reasoner Brothers, Landscape Architects, start- 
ing January 1925. Our Ojffice is temporarily at 
Oneco, Florida. 'Doc' Gadsby '24 is with us 
not a member of the firm. We have an abundance 
of work, chiefly in city planning, subdivisions, 
and private estates. We also superintend the 
laying out of some of our plans." 

'24 "Dick" Smith is now working with 
C. G. Mackintosh '21, in High Point, N. C. 

'23 Wilber Marshman has gone with F. C. 
Pray '06 to Trinidad, Cuba to engage in sugar 


World Aggie Night got under way in Denver 
with a regular blizzard and six inches of snow 
fell, but that did not deter five of us from having 
a very enjoyable evening. Mrs. Myron W. 
Thompson ('09) served a very delightful dinner 
and then we plowed through the snow to the 



The football squad and a few fortunate 
guests were treated to a banquet and an unusual 
entertainment soon after the close of the foot- 
ball schedule. The party was held in the Draper 
Hotel, Northampton. Under the title of "Three 
Minute Eggs" various members of the squad 
contributed speeches sparkling with humor, 
barefoot dances, and vocal and instrumental 
music. It was a gala party which reached its cli- 
max when Captain Jones announced the falling 
of the curtain upon his act and its rise upon that 
of Captain-elect Joseph R. Hilyard of Beverly. 


The recent issue of Spaulding's Basketball 
Guide announced the selections by twenty-two 
New England College Coaches of the best 
players of the 1924-25 season. Each coach 
selected an All-New England team from men 
who had played against his team. No coach 
selected any member of his own team. By this 
poll, our own Captain "Johnny" Temple and 
Partenheimer were selected for the first team, 
distinguishing Mass. Aggie as the only college 
to place more than one man on this mythical 
quintet. Samuels was named for the second 
team and Jones and Smiley were given honorable 
mention. This splendid recognition proves the 
fine record of last year and strengthens our 
claim to championship honors. 

Sammy Samuels is the only man of those 
mentioned who is not with us again this year. 
Gustafson won his letter in basketball last year 
and will be a contender for a regular berth this 
year if he can recover from a troublesome foot- 
ball injury. 

The schedule is one of the toughest ever 
arranged for an Aggie team, including fourteen 
games with representative New England Colleges. 
Our good fortune in bringing to Amherst such 
noteworthy teams as those mentioned below in 
the home schedule is remarkable. It is a pity 
that we db not have better facilities than those 
furnished by the old Drill Hall in which to 
entertain these guests. 

Basketball Schedule 

Jan. 7 — Norwich at M.A.C. 
9 — W.P.I, at Worcester 

15— Brown at M.A.C. 

20 — Wesleyan at M.A.C. 

23— Clark at Worcester 

29— New Hampshire at M.A.C. 
Feb. 6— Holy Cross at M.A.C. 

10 — Williams at Williamstown 

13— Middlebury at M.A.C. 

17— Springfield at M.A.C. 

20— Vermont at M.A.C. 

22 — Connecticut Aggie at Storrs 

26— Maine at M.A.C. 
Mar. 3— Tufts at Medford 



Hockey Schedule 

9— M.I.T. at M.A.C. 
15 — Hamilton at Clinton 
16— R.P.I, at Troy 
20 — Dartmouth at Hanover 
22 — New Hampshire at Durham 
23 — Bates at Lewiston 
26 — Amherst at Amherst 

6— Middlebury at M.A.C. 
10 — Army at West Point 
13 — New Hampshire at M.A.C. 
16 — Williams at Williamstown , 

Football Schedule 

We have some? things to say con- 
cerning this schedule and the prospects 
of next year, yet space will not permit it 
this month. You may, therefore, hear 
our tale next month. 

Oct. i 2— Bates at M.A.C. 

9 — Conn. Aggie at M.A.C. 
16 — Williams at Williamstown ' 
23— Worcester Tech at M.A.C. 
30— Amherst at M.A.C. 
Nov. 6 — Springfield at Springfield ; 
20— Tufts at Medford 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, December 26, 1925 


Illustrating Results of More Busi- 
ness in Government 

Certain purchases now have to be made 
through the State Purchasing Agent. The 
following cases, all of them occurring within 
the last three months, show the saving involved 
but fail to show the expense inherent in over- 
head machinery. 

Item 1. Tractor harrow. Bid submitted on 
harrow set up and delivered at the College, 
$111.50 less 10#._ Net $100.35. The insti- 
tution was required to purchase through 
the State Purchasing Agent. The State 
Purchasing Agent secured the same harrow 
at $110 less 2%, delivered in knock down on 
board car. The total cost to the State was 
as follows: purchase price, $110 less 2% or 
$107.80; freight, $3.05; setting up, $4. 
Delay in filling order, three weeks. Net 
saving, minus $14.50. 
Item 2. Drainage tile. Net prices secured, tile 
delivered at Amherst, as follows, the prices 
being from two different companies: 

4-inch tile — $47.04 and $47.51 per M 

8-inch tile— $146.02 and $148.80 per M. 
The purchase was made by the State Pur- 
chasing Agent, at the following net prices: 

4-inch tile— $52.96 per M. 

8-inch tile— $152.95 per M. 
In the quantity ordered, this made a differ- 
ence of over $25 between the price paid and 
the lower bid obtained. An interesting 
thing in the above is that the tile were 
bought on the same specifications and from 
the same company from whom we obtained 
tlie higher bid. 
Item 3. Oats. The institution was able to pur- 
chase from a local dealer, 38-pound oats, 
bagged, delivered, at a price of 58 cents per 
bushel. It was required by the State Pur- 
chasing Agent to purchase oats in bulk, not 
delivered, weight not stated, at price stated 
as "53 cents per bushel if taken before 
November 15". Order for the purchase 
was not received until ten days later. The 
books of the State Purchasing Agent may 
show a saving of five cents a bushel. Actu- 
ally, increased cost of handling bulk oats, 
and uncertainty as to quality and price 
make the saving very problematical. 

The State has expensive machinery for 
making purchases. It apparently should be able 
to make a saving. The great problem for the 
tax-payers of the State is, after all, not the 
handicap on efficient administration which it 
may impose, but why are the savings so small 
and meager, or even entirely negative? 


(Continued from Page 1) 

July 1923 — Secured authorization for Miss 

R to interview possible candidates at 

Columbia Summer School. No candidate 
interested; hence Miss R — ■ — did not go 
to New York. 

August 1923 — Secured authorization for Miss 

R to spend $25 for maintenance while 

in Chicago to try to find candidates at 
Chicago University Summer School, and at 
the annual meeting of the American Home 
Economics Association. Some prospects 

Aug. 15 to Sept. 30 — Seven candidates considered 
of whom three refused to consider salary of 
$2500. Three were eliminated as not quali- 
fied. (Although two of these later took 
positions at a higher salary.) 

Sept. 27 — Miss H E interviewed. Last 

position paid $2500 for nine months. She 
would, however, consider work in Massa- 
chusetts at $2580 per year for eleven months 
of active service per year as she wished ex- 
perience in the East; provided that she 
could have immediate notice, and make 
plans accordingly. 


County Extension Workers and State Ex- 
tension Workers alike depend on the Extension 
publications to support their teaching. Control 
of printing by the Commission on Administra- 
tion and Finance has hampered and damaged 
extension work because of the following facts: 
1. Permission has been withheld for printing 

materials necessary to extension work. 
2.' Changes have been made in the form and 

content of publications. 

3. Delivery of materials is often delayed so 
long that the material is of little, if any, 
value when received. 

4. Savings, if any, have been wiped out by 
the extra handlings necessary to get the 
materials into shape for use; by the oc- 
casional necessity of mimeographing or 
multigraphing substitutes for the materials 
not delivered on time; by the need for pay- 
ing local printers to do punching omitted 
by State House order or neglect; by paying 
pick-up and casual help to do folding cus- 
tomarily done by the regular printers; by 
the tremendous amount of time and effort 
needed to follow up materials in the State 
House and in printing offices a hundred 
miles away; and by the frequent long-dis- 
tance phone calls and telegrams which seem 
to be essential to getting decision, action 
and delivery on materials sent through the 
State House. 

5. Manuscripts have been so distorted that 
staff-members and others have often de- 
clined to waste time on work which is 
afterward made ineffective. 

One instance of the conditions follow: 

On August 14, 1924, two manuscripts were 
sent to the State House through the required 
channels for publication so that the bulletins 
might be available for an extension course be- 
ginning November 1. These had not reached 
the printer on October 9. Proof was received on 
November 1, and final delivery was made on 
December 2. This was a month and a day after 
the material was needed for the courses, and 
three months and eighteen days after the order 
was placed. Such orders are handled by local 
printers in a week. 

Sept. 28 — Request made for Miss E 's 

appointment at $2580. 

October 15 — Inquiry from the Supervisor of 
Administration as to nature of duties of 
the position, and why we needed to pay 
more than $1800, as this had secured a 
competent nutrition worker in the State 
Department of Health. 

October 17 — Reply made to foregoing. 

October 24 — Notification that the Commissioner 
on Administration and Finance would 
approve appointment at a rate not to ex- 
ceed $1800. 

October 25 — Appeal taken to the Governor's 

October, November, and December — Hunted 
for properly trained specialist at $1800; 
total failure. 

November 21 — Hearing before the Finance 
Committee of the Governor's Council. 

December 29— Notification that the Commission 
on Administration and Finance would 
approve appointment at a salary not to 
exceed $2160. 

January, February, and March — Hunt for 
properly trained specialist at $2160. Cor- 
respondence with 29 different persons in 
many states. No luck yet. 

February 4 — Notified position would be declared 
permanently vacant unless filled before 
February 5. 

February 4 — Appealed for extension of time. 

February 25 — Notification that time for filling 
position was extended two months from 
February 5. 

March — Director Wiliard had conference with 
Mr. White, Mr. Loring and Mr. Smith. 

Asked for $2700 for Miss W . Agreed 

to offer Miss W $2580 which amount 


Do you know that the existing rates of pay 
for new clerks are so low (thirty cents), that 
very few competent clerks will accept positions 
at M.A.C.? 

Miss P was located. She accepted 

temporary clerical work at usual State rates. In 
less than a week the superior quality and quan- 
tity of output made it obvious that she would 
be a helpful addition to our permanent staff. 
However, the $65 per month allowed a new girl 
would barely pay her expenses in Amherst; she 
would stay for $80, but permission could not 
be secured to pay this rate, so she left to accept 
a $100 position. 

A competent clerk was available at rates 
usually allowed by the State House, though 
such rates were 25$ to 50$ below the current 
market. This girl, trained and experienced, 
would work at State rates because she desired 
to stay in Amherst. A request was made for 
her appointment, but action on the request was 
delayed in the State House some weeks, and the 
girl found it necessary to accept a position else- 
where. A week after she took the new position 
approval for her employment was received, but 
she had already promised to go. An inexperi- 
enced girl with high school training only is all 
that we have been able to get in the position 
since. The output of the experienced college- 
trained girl (she had worked for me previously), 
is three or four times that of those available for 
the position since that date, and the State is 
the loser thereby. 

After one of the clerks left for a position 
paying $40 a month more than the State allowed, 
a successor was located August 11, 1924. Her 
appointment was asked for at once, and on 
September 4 we found that she could have 
begun work the middle of August but for the 
fact that we were not notified that her appoint- 
ment had been approved. Action had been 
taken on her case and the papers pigeon-holed. 
The office was without clerical help for three 
weeks, while the money and the girl were both 
available, and while people in the State wondered 
at the delay in reply to their letters and requests. 

was agreed to by all parties. 
March 31 — Offered Miss W position at 


April 23 — Miss W accepted. 

April 24 — Requested appointment of Miss 

W effective as soon after July 1 as 

she could report and at a salary rate of 


July 28 — Miss W 's appointment approved. 

August 15 — Miss W reported for duty. 

It may be well to note in connection with 
our long drawn-out efforts to employ some one 
to fill the position of nutrition specialist that the 
present administrative system worked a gross 
injustice on the first candidate whom we attemp- 
ted to employ, and whom we were obliged to 
give up because of this administrative system. 

Miss E was interviewed on September 27, 

1923, as a candidate for the position. Her plans 
were made at the time of this interview to 
attend the University of Chicago for graduate 
work. If she was to be appointed to our staff, 
she needed to know immediately in order to 
make the necessary change in her plans. If she 
was not to be appointed she intended to matricu- 
late as a student. Her appointment was re- 
quested September 28, and it was not until 
October 23 that we were notified by the Com- 
mission on Administration and Finance that 
we could not pay more than $1800, and in the 
meantime we had not been able to assure Miss 

E one way or the other concerning her 

appointment, so that her plans for graduate 
work were spoiled, and she was' finally not 
appointed to this position. 

It is also significant that the position was 

eventually filled on July 28, 1924 by Miss W 

at the same salary rate of $2580 requested and 
not allowed in the case of Miss E . 





ti "KiiMSDi*- 

Presented to the 
Legislature of 1926 

by the 

Joint Committee of 

Trustees and Associate Alumni 

Supplement to 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College 

Alumni Bulletin 

December 26, 1925 

How Colleges are Governed 

The control of the American college or university, both public and 
private, is usually vested in a governing board, — a board solely responsible 
for the management of the institution, and possessing final power over 
all phases of administration. Such a governing board has full authority 
to appoint teachers and other employees, to fix their salaries, and to define 
their duties. The President of the college or university is elected by the 
governing board and is the executive officer of the institution. He is relied 
upon to select and recommend the appointment of teachers and other 
officers, to advise on educational matters, and to administer the affairs of 
the institution on the basis of policies adopted by the board of control. ' 

Why New Legislation is Now Proposed 

A governing board* of this character has controlled the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College for over sixty years and until recently its authority 
to function independent of any supervision other than that imposed by 
the Legislature has been unquestioned. It derives its powers from the 
Legislature and these powers are defined in Chapter 75 of the General 
Laws of 1921. This chapter confers upon the Board of Trustees full 

Notwithstanding the specific provisions of Chapter 75, state laws 
enacted since 1919 have resulted in the virtual repeal of this authority. 
They have conferred large powers upon new agencies without repealing 
by legislation the powers vested in the Trustees. Laws creating the 
Commission on Administration and Finance and defining its powers 
have given this body large authority over the management of all state 
departments including the Agricultural College. This authority extends 
to the editing and printing of all publications, to the purchase of supplies 
and to the control of the salary of every individual employee. Moreover 
the so-called Consolidation Act of 1919 while "placing" the Trustees of 
the Massachusetts Agricultural College as a separate entity, with all the 
authority of Chapter 75, in the Department of Education, at the same 
time gave the Head of the Department of Education the power of super- 
vision and control over the Department. If interpreted literally and 
enforced this means control over any or all of the acts of the Trustees of 
the College. These two laws, as in practice they are interpreted, clearly 
limit if not entirely abrogate the functions of the Trustees as a responsible 
governing board. 

*See note, appendix. 

The bill now presented for the consideration of the Legislature 
aims therefore at two distinct objectives: first, to remove the serious 
ambiguity and implications resulting from the Consolidation Law so 
that conflict of authority may for all time be avoided; and second, to 
modify the detailed control of the Commission on Administration and 
Finance so that the administrative officers at the College may possess 
sufficient freedom to give the best possible service to the State. 

What the Proposed Legislation will Accomplish 

The proposed legislation if enacted into law — 

i. Will restore to the Trustees their power to elect members of the 
staff, to fix their salaries within limits approved by the Governor and 
Council, and to define their duties. 

1. Will enable the Trustees to make minor purchases of supplies 
upon their own responsibility. 

3. Will remove all College and Experiment Station publications 
from the control and editorial supervision of the State Commission on 
Administration and Finance, and will restore to the Trustees their author- 
ity to regulate such printing. 

4. Will clarify certain existing laws pertaining to the College which 
are ambiguous, with respect to the control as vested in the Trustees and 
in the Head of the Department of Education. 

Why Legislation is Necessary 

1. Because the educational aims of the College are affected by the 
fact that the ultimate control of the College now rests not with the 
Trustees but with the Commission on Administration and Finance, 
which, among other powers exercised, 

a) Fixes the salaries of all employees of the College including the 
professional staff engaged in resident teaching, in research, and in 
extension service. 

b) Decides whether new positions will be established and if so in what 
departments of the College. 

2. Because the morale of the institution has been lowered by the 
transfer of the control of personnel from the Trustees to the Commission. 
Under such an arrangement a satisfactory morale cannot be maintained. 
Able leaders have resigned and other desirable men have declined invita- 
tions to join the staff. The feeling is common that where one's professional 
future is to be determined not by the President of the College and the 
Trustees but by a bureau of control which makes its decisions at a great 
distance and which cannot possibly appreciate the significance of many 
of the problems involved, there is little to attract or to hold an ambitious 

3. Because the quality of the agricultural research work is seriously 
affected. It is difficult if not impossible to promote high-grade research 
work under conditions which leave in doubt whether the results of long 
and painstaking labor of experts will be published as submitted or at all. 
For the decision on publications now rests not with the Director of the 
Experiment Station nor with the President and Trustees of the College 
but rather with a board of control which makes its decisions on such 
matters mainly in the light of the financial expense involved. The advis- 
ability of publication of the results of patient and frequently costly in- 
vestigations by highly trained members of the Experiment Station staff 
has been repeatedly questioned and sometimes refused during the past 
five years usually on the* ground that in the opinion of the Commission 
the results of the investigation have not a sufficient bearing on practical 
agricultural problems of the State to warrant the expense involved. 

4. Because the effectiveness of extension teaching is impaired by 
the refusal to publish technical bulletins considered desirable and neces- 
sary to support projects of extension service which are being carried out 
usually in co-operation with the Federal Government and with the 

5. Because of delays, which are often expensive, in the purchase of 
supplies, especially smaller items, and in the delivery of printed material. 

6. Because logically and inevitably this system points to the com- 
plete subordination and therefore to the elimination of the Board of 
Trustees, who are appointed by the Governor. It also points to the 
complete subordination and therefore to the elimination of the Presidency 
of the College. At present, every important decision made by the Trustees 
and by the President is brought to review and possible veto by the Head 
of the Department of Education or by the Commission on Administration 
and Finance, or by both. Accordingly, there is little or no excuse under 
existing conditions for the continuance of the Board of Trustees which 
now serves virtually in an advisory capacity only, or for the office of the 
Presidency, which can no longer be maintained on the high plane charac- 
terizing the executive office of other and similar institutions. 

7. Because present laws are ambiguous and inconsistent. It is 
assumed by the Commission on Administration and Finance and by 
other State House offices, that the Head of the Department of Education 
is responsible for the administration of the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College. Those who participated in framing the so-called Consolidation 
Act (Chapter 350, Acts of 1919), however, have testified that it was the 
intent of this legislation to "place" the Trustees of the College in the 
Department of Education leaving them free and independent of any 
significant control by the Head of the Department. There is every reason 
to believe that the Legislature which enacted the law was of that mind. In 
practice, however, the Commission on Administration and Finance, 
assumes that the Head of the Department of Education is primarily 

responsible for the institution; and the wording of the law makes this 
interpretation possible. While the legal authority of the Head of the 
Department of Education, if such authority exists, has never been exer- 
cised in a manner to provoke criticism, yet the foregoing statement reveals 
that the law requires definite and immediate clarification by amendment. 

The Head of the Department of Education is by virtue of his office, 
a Trustee of the College, holding equal power with each of the other 
Trustees. As existing legislation is now interpreted, however, he has 
also and at the same time supervision and control over the acts of the 
Board of Trustees — a board of which the Governor of the Commonwealth 
is also a member. 

8. In conclusion, administration under confrol from Boston has been 
exceedingly difficult as well as distinctly detrimental to the best work of 
the College. At certain points it has resulted in decreased efficiency, and 
at other points, it has not been economical in either time or money. A 
joint committee representing the Trustees and the Associate Alumni, 
therefore, after careful study and deliberation, have decided to present 
this bill to the Legislature of 1926, which if enacted into law, will reassert 
the powers of the Trustees to administer the affairs of the institution, 
subject, of course, to such restrictions and limitations as shall be imposed 
upon them directly by the Legislature. 

Objections to the Proposed Legislation 

The chief objections which have been raised to the proposed legis- 
lation are answered as follows: 

1. It has been urged that the objectives sought by the proposed 
amendments to existing laws could be attained through understandings 
and agreements with the State House officials, without resorting to legis- 
lation. The President and Trustees have patiently attempted to secure 
such agreements. For several years, and particularly during the past 
twelve months, action on contemplated legislation was postponed until 
this plan should be given a fair and thorough trial. No significant im- 
provements have resulted. 

1. It has been urged that although the present restrictions are not 
satisfactory to the Trustees of the Agricultural College, they are essential 
to the successful operation of the budget. In answer to this, it should be 
pointed out that the difficulty has nothing to do with the budget system. 
On the contrary, the present situation has developed solely through the 
attempt to effect economies by centralized control of expenditures. A 
good budget system can operate without such control, for there is no 
necessary relationship between a satisfactory accounting of funds en- 
trusted to the institution, and detailed control, by an outside body, of 
the expenditures of such funds. 

A survey of the operation of the budget system in other states dis- 
closes the fact that no state has gone so far as Massachusetts in the 
control of expenditures by a Budget Commissioner. The uniform practice 
is to place upon the various boards and departments the responsibility 
for the expenditure of funds which have been appropriated by the Legis- 
lature through the budget system or otherwise. 

3. It has been argued that if exception to the general plan of super- 
vision of expenditures be made with respect to the Agricultural College, 
other departments will press for similar consideration. In reply it may 
be said that the Massachusetts Agricultural College is an educational 
institution of varied and complex character. It consists of three main 
and distinct divisions: the College (four-year course), the Experiment 
Station, and the Extension Service. In addition there are the Graduate 
School, the Two- Year Vocational Course, the Summer School, the Ten 
Weeks' Winter School, and other short courses. These activities are 
manned by skilled teachers and experts and each group is characterized 
by an esprit de corps of its own. Some of these activities are closely 
affiliated in spirit and organization with similar institutions in other 
states. Some are very directly obligated to the Federal Government — 
which shares in their maintenance as well as in their direction. It is so 
intricate an organization, both in objectives and in administration as to 
set it quite apart from any other institution under state control. Indeed, 
the Experiment Station alone,, on account of its large Federal dependence 
and involvements, and the highly specialized and scientific character of 
its work and workers, would alone justify a demand for total separation 
from any rigid system of centralized state control. If the present arrange- 
ment is justified because of its adaptability to State House departments 
such control surely is not justified in or applicable to the administration 
of an educational institution of so varied a character and so broad a 
scope located at so great a distance from Boston. 


The charter of the Massachusetts Agricultural College granted by 
the State in 1863 provided for its control by a board of 18 Trustees; 
14 of these Trustees are appointed by the Governor of the Common- 
wealth, two each year for terms of seven years; the four ex-officio Trustees 
are the Governor of the Commonwealth, the Commissioner of Education, 
the Commissioner of Agriculture and the President of the College. The 
present Board of Trustees is composed of the following: 


His Excellency Governor Alvan T. Fuller, Governor of the Common- 
Edward M. Lewis, Acting President of the College. 
Dr. Payson Smith, State Commissioner of Education. 
Dr. Arthur W. Gilbert, State Commissioner of Agriculture. 


Davis R. Dewey, Professor of Economics, M. I. T., Cambridge. 
John F. Gannon, Superintendent of Schools, Pittsfield. 
Arthur G. Pollard, Banker and Merchant, Lowell. 
George H. Ellis, Farmer and Business man, West Newton. 
John Chandler, Farmer, Sterling Junction. 
Atherton Clark Merchant, Boston. 
Nathaniel I. Bowditch, Farmer, Framingham. 
William Wheeler, Engineer and Farmer, Concord. 

James F. Bacon, Lawyer, Boston. 

Frank Gerrett, Farmer, Greenfield. 

Harold L. Frost, Farmer, Forester and Entomologist, Arlington. 

Charles H. Preston, Banker, Hathorne. 

Carlton D. Richardson, Farmer, West Brookfield. 

*Vacancy caused by death of Hon. Charles A. Gleason of North 

Vol. VII. 



Amherst, Massachusetts, January 25, 1926 

No. 6 


Growing Out of Swaddling Clothes 

BY R. E. TORREY '12* 

Several difficulties arise when one tries to 
answer this question. There is the difficulty of 
lack of space for adequate discussion; there is 
the difficulty which rests on one's own limited 
outlookf and, last of all, there is the difficulty 
of the word academic itself. For what does the 
word mean? Doubtless the questioner's inten- 
tion was to ask whether M.A.C. is drifting 
towards a more liberal position, — whether in a 
word, we are tending to abandon the vocational 
standpoint and to take up the imponderables 
which make for what is commonly called culture. 
But there is another connotation to the 
word "academic". The term has come to mean 
an arid intellectualism, as when we say that a 
certain subject has only an academic interest. 
Such a subject has lost connection with life. 
Every year it is brought from cold storage, 
carefully dusted and exposed to student view 
while a professorial pedant demonstrates its 
parts and properties. The class sits by with 
glazed eye in that state of painful coma which 
overcomes all of us when we "listen to the 
reading of the minutes of the last meeting". 

But what has all this to do with M.A.C? 
Some years ago the "powers above" instituted 
a two-year course in vocational agriculture at 
the college. It was a successful move and I 
venture to suggest that it has deflected the 
living energy of agriculture into its channel. It 
has also given the death blow to the hoary 
fallacy that a four-year scientific training is of 
any particular value in practical farming. 

Having, as it were, cut the earth from under 
its feet, the four-year course in agriculture 
which was formerly little more than a duplicate 
of the two-year course with a flavor of elemen- 
tary science, is left as an academic relic. The 
four-year curriculum is (as ever) in a "transi- 
tional state". 

It stands to reason that when it comes to 
sheer utilitarianism the rule-of-thumb procedure 
is bound to be most successful in raising crops. 
The farm is not the place for trying out ques- 
tionable scientific theory. It is a place where 
quick financial return is the object. Consequent- 
ly any attempt to compete with vocationally 
trained men foredooms the four-year student to 
! failure. 

Well then, if practical agriculture has been 
(taken from our hands what is to be the function 
of the four-year course at M.A.C. Are we not 
forced to develop an "academic atmosphere"? 

Our problem can be solved and is being 
solved in the one possible way. Since the State 
has seen fit to deny us the title of State Univer- 
sity, and since the agricultural mould cannot be 
broken it will have to stretch, and it is stretch- 
ing to a degree that must amaze a philologist. 
But after all, what's in a name? A western 
jentleman once named his desert ranch "Rose- 
'awn" because there wasn't a lawn much less a 
rosebush within five-hundred miles. We call our 
anch in Amherst, Agricultural, because — no, 
not yet — but we wonder if the day isn't fast 
ipproaching. It is well to recall, too, that a 
ose smells as sweet by any other name, and 
he prefix "rural" doesn't necessarily change the 
lavor of a curriculum. 

M.A.C. is a living organism and living 
rganisms do grow, not only in bulk but in 
♦Assistant Professor of Botany. 

(Continued on Page 2, col. 1) 


The initial legislative hearing on the 
bill seeking to restore to the Trustees their 
authority to administer the affairs of the 
College will be held at the State House 
before the Joint Committee on Education 
and Administration at 10: 30 A. M. Thurs- 
day, January 28. As many as possible of 
the Alumni should be present. 



Present Conditions not Accident 


The Annual Mid-Winter Alumni home- 
coming has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 
6. On the evening of this date the various 
fraternities will hold their initiation banquets. 

A new feature is being developed for this 
year's program. There will be an inter-fraternity 
singing contest in Bowker Auditorium at two 
o'clock Saturday afternoon. The Academic 
Activities Board is providing a suitable trophy 
to be awarded the successful competitor. 

The Athletic Department has arranged 
home games for both the hockey team and°for 
the basketball team. An important meeting of 
the Associate Alumni will be held and there 
will be ample opportunity for visiting alumni to 
participate in various games during the forenoon. 
The program is as follows: 
8.00 a. m. Registration, Memorial Hall. 
8.00 a. m. to 11.00 a. m. Alumni games — 
bowling, billiards, pool, horse- 
shoe pitching, basketball, etc. 
10.00 a. m. Varsity hockey game, M. A. C. 

vs. Middlebury. 
11.00 a. m. Business meeting of the Associ- 
ate Alumni, Memorial Hall. 
1.00 p. m. Luncheon, Draper Hall, Alumni 

to be guests of the College. 
2.00 p. m. Interfraternity Singing Contest, 

Bowker Auditorium. 
4.00 p. m. Varsity basketball game, M.A. 
C. vs. Holy Cross. 
Schedule of Fraternity Banquets: 
Q.T.V. — at house. 
Phi Sigma Kappa — The Davenport. 
Sigma Phi Epsilon — Hotel Nonotuck, 

Alpha Sigma Phi— Draper Hall. 
Kappa Gamma Phi — at house. 
Theta Chi— Weldon, Greenfield. 
Lambda Chi Alpha — Draper Hall. 
Alpha Gamma Rho — Hotel Nonotuck, 

Kappa Epsilon — White House Inn, 

Kappa Sigma — The Perry. 


Some day the alumni may want to 
carry out another project similar to the 
building of Memorial Hall. How much 
better it would be to use the income 
from the Alumni Fund than to run 
another pledge campaign. 

Let's look to the future and build up 
the Alumni Fund! Contributions from 
$1.00 up will help. Clark L. Thayer is 
the treasurer. 

There is a widely held belief, not wholly 
unfounded I hope, that the campus of the 
Massachusetts Agricultural College is one of 
the finest in the United States. Such as it is, 
however, it has not reached its present con- 
dition by accident. It has had a long, eventful 
and interesting history. 

One of the very first things done on the 
campus by President French, the first president, 
was to set out the splendid row of white pine 
trees which now makes such an attractive 
feature on the hill back of the cold storage house. 
The problem of the arrangement of the 
ground was the first and most serious to be 
taken up. Indeed it was so serious that two of 
the most famous landscape architects of the 
time, namely Vaux and Olmsted, were called in 
to give advice upon it. And on this issue the 
first presidency of the college was dissolved and 
the earliest policies of organization and adminis- 
tration turned. 

The real development of the campus dates 
from the time when President W. S. Clark took 
charge. He was deeply interested in the matter 
and did a great deal in laying out the grounds 
and planting trees. During all the early years 
of the college much was done by successive 
classes, mainly in setting rows and groups of 
class trees. It is hard for us at the present 
time to realize that in those times the college 
campus was practically bare, having been com- 
pletely denuded of its original growth. At the 
present time we have if anything too many trees, 
so that the ministrations of festive class tree 
planters are no longer a benefit to the campus. 
During President Clark's administration, 
Professor Samuel T. Maynard became head of 
the Department of Horticulture and for a 
period of thirty years continued in the super- 
vision of the campus. He was a great lover of 
trees and a believer in the art of landscape 
gardening as he understood the teachings of 
Andrew Jackson Downing. A great deal of the 
work that was done during this formative 
period should be credited to Professor Maynard. 
With the coming of President Butterfield 
came the building program of the recent past. 
The construction upon the campus of such 
large and striking buildings as Stockbridge Hall, 
Goessman Laboratory, Clark Hall, Fernald 
Hall, French Hall, Flint Laboratory, Wilder 
Hall and others has largely changed the aspect 
of things. The development of this building 
program was accompanied by new, more serious 
and extended studies of the problem of campus 
development. In these studies Mr. George A. 
Parker, alumnus of the college in the class of 
'76, gave early help. Much was done by Mr. 
Warren H. Manning of Boston, landscape 
architect. Naturally the development of a 
strong department of landscape gardening in 
the institution has had its influence upon the 
grounds. For many years practically every im- 
provement has been studied and criticized by • 
members of the landscape classes. Often dozens 
of designs have been studied and rejected before 
an improvement was undertaken. 

Along with the constant development of 

♦Professor of Landscape Gardening and Head of the 
td H (Continued on Page 2, col. 1) 

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(Continued from Page i) 
understanding. If the college is growing out of 
her swaddling clothes, if she is abandoning the 
nursery and her obsession with gingerbread 
"what cause is there for lamentation"? It is a 
further characteristic of an organism that it 
integrates its past into its present. The agri- 
cultural college experiment, though in a sense 
a failure everywhere, has, nevertheless, con- 
tributed elements of permanent value to edu- 
cation. Built into our structure is the idealism 
of our founders, with their straight vision of the 
dignity of manual labor and of true worth as 
dependent on character rather than on social 
status. With that endowment we may go fear- 
lessly forward to our maturity and claim our 
inheritance of culture and deepened under- 
standing. , 

Stealing through the student body there 
seems to be a deepening recognition of the 
imponderables, a healthy impatience with stark 
utilitarianism, less of fatuous, sophomonc 
argument and more of a serious attempt to 
understand life. Our most advanced men are 
coming to realize that wealth without true 
culture is a curse. They are asking for reading 
lists to help them to solve the deeper questions 
with which their development is bringing them 
into contact; they are putting in solid hours of 
voluntary study on the writings of great thinkers. 
From the college in the last few years have gone 
out certain cultured, clear-thinking gentlemen of 
superb promise whose influence for future good 
is incalculable. 

Our alumni need have no fear that the 
growing "academic atmosphere" will develop 
into an atmosphere of impractical dreaming. 
Our inheritance is builded into our character 
and we can truthfully assert that there is no 
dilletantism among us. We are coming to 
regard life, I think, from the standpoint of 
stern duty and we know that in that light and 
in no other shall we advance into freedom. 


(Continued from Page i) 
the campus has come the problem of mainte- 
nance. At the present time the college Grounds 
Service is caring for about 100 acres of land in 
the campus. About 29 acres of this area is kept 
under the lawn mower, while the care of the 
trees, extensive plantings of shrubbery, the 
roads and paths, the athletic grounds and other 
features keep a considerable corps of men busy 
all the year round. 

The college campus is a part of the Connec- 
ticut valley and we would like to have it remain 
typically and beautifully illustrative of the 
glories of this natural landscape. 

As the background of our daily lives it 
unquestionably exercises a considerable influence 
upon all of us. This fact is quite sufficient 
reason why the campus should be clean, orderly, 
dignified and beautiful, and why we should 
always endeavor to make it thus the external 
expression of our college life. 

'24 Ruth Wood is teaching at Sea Pines 
School, Brewster, on the Cape. She received 
her M. A. from Boston University last June. 


The Mt. Pleasant home of Mr. Fred C. 
Kenney, treasurer of the College, was totally 
destroyed January 5, by a fire which did dam- 
age estimated at $20,000. The fire occurred 
about ten o'clock in the evening. Mr. Kenney's 
mother, 78 years of age, died from the shock 
caused by the blaze and the attendant excite- 
ment. A senior in the college, Charles Turner 
of Springfield, was forced to jump from the third 
story of the burning house, attired only in 
night clothes. He had helped Mrs. Kenney and 
her mother-in-law from the house, and upon 
returning to get out some of his own personal 
belongings, was trapped by flames and forced 
to jump to save himself. 


There are a good many younger graduates 
of the college on the staff this year. Arrington 
'23 is instructor in Horticulture; Shumway '25 
is instructor in Mathematics; "Eddie" Tumey 
'23 is instructor in Physical Education and 
coach of the Frosh teams; Earle Carpenter '24 
is in the Extension Service; Bob Jackson '22 
is instructor in English; Mary Foley '24 is in- 
structor in Agricultural Economics. 


The Union Agricultural Meeting which 
took place January 6 and 7 at Worcester, was 
of interest to alumni of this institution because 
of the awarding of a gold medal to Dr. Joseph 
Lindsey of the Experiment Station staff, for the 
outstanding nature of his work in animal nutri- 
tion. Quotations from a letter written by Direc- 
tor Sidney B. Haskell concerning Dr. Lindsey's 
work are as follows: 

"Dr. Joseph B. Lindsey has for more than 
thirty years been in the service of the Massa- 
chusetts Farmers through its Agricultural 
Experiment Station. He is a scientist who has 
applied the resources of chemistry to the prob- 
lems of the animal husbandry farm; a pioneer 
in the field of research study in animal nutrition; 
and an expert in chemical regulative work in 
feeds and fertilizers. 

"Dr. Lindsey is Massachusetts born and 
bred. He graduated from the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College forty-two years ago, and 
is now one of the College's outstanding alumni. 
His doctor's degree was obtained through 
study in Germany. 

"It was in 1892 that Dr. Lindsey entered 
the service of the Massachusetts Agricultural 
Experiment Station, in the Department of 
Chemistry. He was associated with the late 
Dr. Goessmann, in drafting, pushing through 
the Legislature, and finally enforcing what was 
the first fertilizer control law in the United 
States. Later on Dr. Lindsey drafted the first 
feed control law in Massachusetts, one which 
was the second in the United States. Until quite 
recently, Dr. Lindsey had charge of enforcement 
of both of these laws. His life work, however, 
has been in the study of animal nutrition and 
the properties of commercial feeding stuffs." 

'08 Clifton L. Flint has set up in business 
as a landscape architect with offices at 1609 
Marin Ave., Berkeley, Cal. 



For the second time since its graduation, 
the ranks of '83 have been broken in the passing 
of our beloved classmate, Charles Walter 
Minott, who died of cerebral hemorrhage at his 
home in Melrose Highlands, November 28th. 
His wife, Fanny Esty Minott survives him. 

He was born at Westminster, Mass., in 
1859, was graduated at the local high school, 
entered M.A.C. in 1879 and was graduated in 
1883. After graduation he followed market 
gardening until 1888, when he became horti- 
culturist to the Vermont experiment station, 
continuing in that position until 1893. From 
1894 until 1900 he was employed as division 
superintendent of the Gypsy Moth Commission 
of the Massachusetts State Board of Agricul- 
ture and again from 1906 until 1911, having 
charge of a large number of towns in the super- 
vision of the work of extermination. In 1911 
he became connected with the United States 
Department of Agriculture as assistant ento- 
mologist with headquarters at Melrose High- 
lands, Mass. In this latter position he con- 
ducted experimental work with particular refer- 
ence to the normal increase of the gypsy moth 
under field conditions. Mr. Burgess, the ento- 
mologist, says that a large amount of valuable 
scientific data has been secured although little 
has been published, for work of this sort must 
continue over a long period of years before 
information of permanent value can be secured. 
Minott, says Mr. Burgess, "was well fitted for 
this work, both by training and past experience 
and his loss is very keenly felt by all his associ- 
ates here." 

He was a prominent Mason, a member of 
the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Ameri- 
can Society of Economic Entomologists, of the 
State and National Grange and of the College 
Shakespearian Club of M.A.C. 

He made a number of reports of his work 
at the Vermont experiment station, published 
Bulletin 1093 of the United States Department 
of Agriculture on the Gypsy Moth on Cranberry 
Bogs, and contributed to the Journal of Eco- 
nomic Entomology. 

While in college he developed a pronounced 
taste for the study of insect life in spite of the 
lack of a department of entomology in the 
college at that time. He was jokingly known to 
his classmates as the "bug man." Minott was 
always genial and companionable as a student. 
I do not recall that he ever had an enemy. His 
was a fine type of New England character; he 
was conservative but always honest and genuine 
and his word could ever be depended upon. 
Because of a thorough love for his work, coupled 
with untiring energy and perseverance, he was 
able to accomplish much in his chosen occupation. 

The ties which bound the class together 
were strong and we all feel the loss of one for 
whom we cherished a deep and lasting attach- 

J. B. Lindsey '83 


John Stanton Goodell died at his home on 
Sunset Ave., Amherst, Mass., November 13, 
1925, after an illness of more than a year. 

Mr. Goodell was born in Amherst on Jan. 
20, 1875, the son of Henry Hill Goodell, former 
President of the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College, and Helen Stanton Goodell. He re- 
ceived part of his education at M.A.C, class of 
1894, transferring to the Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute, Troy, N. Y., to complete his prepara- 
tion for a civil engineer, at which work the 
most of his life was spent. He was associated 
with the building operations of various rail- 
roads, being stationed in Texas, in China, in 
Hawaii, and in Kansas, and engaged in private 
practice in Amherst since 1921. 

Mr. Goodell was married on May 29, 1906, 
to Miss Edith Friese at Galveston, Texas, who 
survives. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. 
Henry Hill Goodell of Amherst, and a brother, 
Dr. William Goodell of Springfield, Mass, 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, January 25, 1926 



You may remember that we admitted in 
last month's Bulletin a desire to say something 
concerning the schedule and that space limita- 
tions prohibited it. Here goes! The schedule is 
a strenuous one and we are not well prepared 
for it. Ten first string men graduate in June. 
Substitute material, as you have this year 
noted, is meagre. This year's freshman class 
does not bring much wealth to the college in 
the field of football ability. As an example of 
what is coming to Aggie as compared with 
Amherst, witness these scores: 

Deerfield Academy vs. M.A.C. Freshmen 

(1924) 53-0 (1925) 47-0 

Deerfield Academy vs. Amherst Freshmen 

(1924) 0-28 (1925) 0-0 

Alumni can help by pointing out the oppor- 
tunities that exist here for boys of agricultural 
or agricultural scientific bent and with an earnest 
desire to make the most of their opportunities. 
This is a man's college and you need not hesitate 
to recommend it as such. Tom Dooley '13, of 
Jamaica Plain High School, is outstanding in 
this good work. He has sent many good men to 
Aggie by merely pointing out the opportunities 
that exist here. They do not come with great 
reputations and at many colleges elsewhere they 
would be lost among a galaxy of stars. But they 
have the spirit and many of them here are find- 
ing themselves to their own credit and the honor 
of the institution. 


William I. Goodwin '20 to Report 
for Duty January 25th 

William I. Goodwin has been appointed 
Field Agent and Assistant Alumni Secretary at 
the Massachusetts Agricultural College to fill 
the vacancy caused by the recent resignation of 
Mr. Richard A. Mellen. Mr. Goodwin graduated 
from the College in 1920 and immediately ac- 
cepted a position in the Agricultural Division 
of the United States Census Bureau. In 1922 he 
joined the teaching staff of the United States 
Vocational School at East Norfolk, Mass. In 
1924, when this school was discontinued he was 
transferred to field service as Instructor and 
Supervisor of Agricultural Training under the 
jurisdiction of the Providence, R. I. office of 
the U. S. Veterans' Bureau. 

Mr. Goodwin was active in student activi- 
ties and athletics while in college, being a mem- 
ber of the football team and of the Musical 
Clubs. His fraternity is Lambda Chi Alpha. 

He will report for duty January 25th. 


White '15, Writes of Present-Day 
Conditions in the Far East 

f Harry 



Bob Holmes '18 and '20 has courageously 
selected a football team from all of the elevens 
which have come and gone at Aggie during 
Kid Gore's regime. In doing so he makes, in 
part, the following explanation: "I've seen Kid's 
teams in action and, although the last four 
years not as much as I would have liked to, I 
have a pretty good idea as to who were the 
outstanding players. I've tried to pick my 
players as they were and not as they might 
have been and to fit college football as it is 
played today." 

Ends— Jones '26 & R. Grayson '23 

Tackles— King '21 & Marx '25 

Guards— Mohor '23 & Thurlow '26 

Center — Mcintosh '21 

Quarter-back— Pond '20. 

Half-backs— Lent '21 & Lewandowski '22 

Full-back — McGeoch '25 

Subs— F. Grayson '20, Gavin '26, 

Alger '23, Gustafson '26. 


Coach Derby has a squad of twelve men on 
the boards practicing for winter track and ex- 
pects to have a team that will creditably uphold 


See Italics Below 

A meeting of the Associate Alumni of 
M. A. C. will be held Saturday, February 
6, 1926 at 11: 00 A. M. in Memerial Hall, 
M. A - C, Amherst, Mass. 

Business to be transacted at the meet- 
ing is: 

Report of the Secretary. 
Report of the Treasurer, 
Report on collection of Memo- 
rial Building pledges. 
4. Report of the Committee on 

All alumni are vitally interested in the 
political conditions affecting the college. 
The report of the Committee on Administra- 
tion deals with this subject. 



In reply to an inquiry from the Secretary 
of the College, the executors of the Lotta 
Crabtree Will make the following statement: 

"Miss Crabtree's Will is not yet allowed, 
owing to protracted litigation in the probate 
court. It is impossible at this time to state, 
even by way of estimate, when the Will may 
be probated or when the funds left in trust 
will be available for the purposes indicated by 
the Will." 

Aggie's mounting reputation. Captain Sniffen is 
the only veteran on the squad but Henneberry, 
Schappelle, Hall, Spelman, Foley, and Snyder, 
are showing good form and should ably fill the 
other positions. The schedule follows: 
Jan. 30 K. of C. Meet, Boston. 

Relay Race with Boston Univ. 
Feb. 6 B. A. A. Meet, Boston. 

Relay Race with Bates and 
Amherst (pending). 
Feb. 22 Indoor Meet with Worcester Tech 
at Worcester. 


Early season games indicate that we have 
a powerful team. Particularly in the Worcester 
Tech game was this, strength demonstrated. 
Against a good team that had been exerting 
every energy in preparation for the Aggie game 
we came through with a 27-14 score. This was 
accomplished against an almost perfect five man 
defence. Smiley's four long shots were impor- 
tant factors in the victory. 

In the first game of the season we beat 
Norwich 36-21. The first string line-up has 
been Temple and Partenheimer, forwards; 
Smiley and Thomas, guards; and Jones, center. 


Poor ice conditions have greatly handi- 
capped hockey this winter. Our first game was 
with M.I.T., a very clever team which had had 
considerable practice and had already played 
several scheduled games. We came out with the 
small end of a 3-0 score. The prospect is not 
discouraging, however, and Coach Ball hopes to 
develop a faster team as the season progresses 
and more opportunity is afforded for practice. 
The tentative first-string line-up is: 

Center — Moberg 

Wings — Forest and Abrahamson 

Defense — Potter and Frese 

Goal — Galanie and Palmer. 

'21 Geo. L. Slate is on leave of absence 
from his work at Geneva Experiment Station, 
N. Y., and is doing some work in genetics at 

White '15, is an agricultural 
China. He writes as follows: 
I am located in the northern part of the 
Chinese province of Anhwei. The same latitude 
in United States lies about across North Caro- 
lina. The soil about here is mainly a clay. 
The land is not more than 60 feet above sea 
level, although 200 miles from the mouths of 
the rivers that drain this region. Hence, in 
summer, when we sometimes get three or four 
inches of rain in a day, the run-off is not fast 
enough, resulting in severe damage to summer 
crops and sometimes amounting to floods. The 
banks of the rivers are much higher than the 
surrounding country and in summer those 
rivers are full of water from the distant moun- 
tains so that the level in the rivers is often two 
or three feet higher than the plain. Any breaks 
in those banks are the causes of the very bad 
floods which come every year in some part or 
other of the great plain of China. As contrasted 
with the heavy summer rains, there is seldom 
more than an inch or two of precipitation from 
September until late in June. When there is a 
slight rain in Autumn or Spring, there is a mad 
scramble to plow the hitherto hard soil and to 
get in the seeds. Doing this with one donkey 
and a cow is a slow process, too, and unless the 
rain is rather good, some land does not get 

I believe that there are as many as forty 
missionaries in China who are definitely assigned 
to the doing of agricultural work. Our station, 
which is under the Presbyterian North, is sup- 
ported by one church in New York City — the 
Madison Avenue Presbyterian of which Henry 
Sloan Coffin is the pastor. They support the 
agricultural work generously but about one- 
third of the funds come from the University of 
Nanking with whom I co-operate on my most 
important projects. 

The main crop of this region is wheat. 
The next two crops in importance are giant 
millet and soy beans. Because of the importance 
of wheat above all other crops, we have worked 
on wheat seed improvement here for seven years. 
We have a strain of "American Mammoth Red" 
that raises about double the usual farmers' 
yield. We have succeeded in introducing this 
wheat quite widely although it is an uphill 
fight to work with the very ignorant peasants 
who take no thought but to do in the future as 
they have always done in the past and are 
suspicious of any change. 

The past nine months, the well-known plant- 
breeder, Dr. H. H. Love has been loaned to the 
University of Nanking by Cornell University. 
Under Dr. Love's supervision an enormous 
scheme of plant improvement has been in- 
augurated. The University of Nanking and 
some eight mission stations including this one 
have promised to confine their plant improve- 
ment work to a few crops for a term of years in 
the hope to make some real progress. Wheat is 
to be worked on in unison at all of the places 
with a thorough system of checking up of 
results and trying out of the successes of one 
place in the other places. This station and 
several others will also work on giant millet and 
soy beans, while some places are to work on the 
short millet and rice. After several years the 
best grain producing qualities, rust and smut 
resistance qualities, earliness and milling quali- 
ties of several strains may be worked over into 
one or more by cross fertilization. 

This Fall I planted 1200 head-rows from 
native selections, 350 four foot rows of (all 
different) smut resistant varieties collected from 
all over the world by the U.S.D.A., and 150 
rod rows for the comparison of strains like the 
Mammoth Red, already successful in the 
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The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, January 25, 1926 


'82 It is reported that Herbert Myrick is 
leader in a proposal to form an American Riff 
Committee on similar lines with the English 
Riff Committee. This committee will concern 
itself with peace efforts in the war between 
Abdel-el-Krim's tribesmen and France and 

'96 H. T. Edwards, who is now in the 
U. S. Bureau of Plant Industry, has introduced 
a collection of leading varieties of abaca or 
manilla hemp from the Philippine Islands into 
the Canal Zone. This is the result of two years' 
effort to establish these plants in tropical 
regions other than the Philippine Islands. 
Abaca is the raw material from which all manilla 
rope is made, and practically the entire world 
supply comes from the Philippine Islands. 
The establishment of this plant in the Canal 
Zone is considered important since economic 
conditions .and plant diseases are interfering 
with its culture in the Philippines. 

'96 Allyn, A. M. Kramer's oldest son, 
graduated from the Naval Academy in June 
and is now Ensign on the Tennessee stationed 
on the Pacific Coast. 

'04 S. B. Haskell has been elected a 
fellow of the American Association of Agronomy. 

'04 & '12 A recent article from the Boston 
Traveler notes the death of Camilla Hillman 
Hubert of Atlanta, Ga., mother of Z. P. Hubert 
'04 and B. F. Hubert '12. Mrs. Hubert was 
born in slavery. Six of her seven sons now hold 
responsible positions in public service in differ- 
ent parts of the country. Z. P. Hubert is presi- 
dent of Jackson College, Jackson, Miss., and his 
brother B. F., is director of Agriculture at 
Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala. 

'13 Dr. Nils P. Larsen is medical director 
of Queen's Hospital in Honolulu and has re- 
cently been made chairman of the Council of 
the Pan-Pacific Research Institution. This is 
an outgrowth of the Pan-Pacific Union, an 
international organization located at Honolulu. 

'24 Bob Barrows was on campus during 
Xmas vacation with Perry Bartlett. Bob is 
teaching in Billerica High School, while Perry 
expects to be able to put an M.S. after his 
name this June, said degree being conferred by 
Penn. State College, where he is graduate 
assistant in the Department of Chemistry. 

'24 Eddie Bike is teaching and coaching 
at the Clarke School in Hanover, N. H. The 
School won the N. H. prep school football 
championship by winning their game the same 
day that Dartmouth beat Cornell. There were 
about 25 Aggie rooters, who went to the Dart- 
mouth game, yelling for Eddie's bunch, includ- 
ing Trek Abele '23, Pat Holbrook '25, Wayland 
Porter ex-F., Kid Gore, and Prof. Hicks, and 
many undergraduates. 

'24 Vic Cahalane is doing graduate work 
this year in the Yale Graduate School of Fores- 
try. He was in Amherst once this Fall, and 
seemed to have had a good summer at the Yale 
Experimental Forest. 

'24 Earle Carpenter is working in the 
Extension Service, M.A.C. He has relieved Bob 
Hawley of some of the extension exhibit duties, 
and also does some work in connection with 
extension classes. He is now E. S. Carpenter, 
M.S., too, receiving his degree from Iowa State 
at Ames in 1925. 

'24 Martha Epps is now working for the 
Business Research Dept. of the School of 
Business Administration of the University of 
Minnesota, and is living in Minneapolis. 

'24 Al and Ruth (Flint) Gay are living 
with their small daughter, Elizabeth Majel 
Gay, in Groton. Al is working for the Nashoba 
Packing Corporation and running a small farm 
as a side issue. 

'24 Sug Kane is at C. U. again this year, 
and will receive his M. S. in June. 

'24 A New York social service worker 
-whose home is in Amherst writes that two or 
three times she has seen Patsy Gryzwacz dressed 
up like an ad for a laundry in one of the N. Y. 
hospitals where he was interning. He is in his 
second year at Cornell Medical School. 


A quiet season on the campus from the 
time of December finals to well into the Winter 
term! Once more the freshmen undertake a 
task that makes the punishment of Tantalus 
look easy — the task of keeping a skating rink 
in fit shape for the hockey team, in opposition 
to alternate blizzards and thaws. And the Drill 
Hall has its basketball, and winter track prac- 
tice, while pool and bowling while away spare 
hours over in Memorial Hall. But, all in all, 
it's a quiet season. 

Shortly before the last term closed, a novel 
Aggie Revue was presented by the students. It 
was a musical comedy entitled "Doris", with 
music by Harry Fraser '26, of Jamaica Plain; 
plot by Mary Boyd '26, of Ontega, Florida; 
and dancing directed by Harold K. Ansell '29, 
of Grantwood, N. J. With three states thus co- 
operating, and an excellent cast, the show was 
well received by the students, and represented 
the first attempt in this field since "Pluto's 
Daughter" was such a success a dozen or so 
years ago. A mixed chorus of sixteen voices did 
excellent work. 

'24 Clarence Holway was in Amherst for 
one of the football games this Fall. He is still 
teaching school, and seems to be enjoying the 
experience very much. 

'24 Ken Loring and his wife, Hazel (Logan) 
Loring, are teaching in the State Industrial 
School for boys at Vergennes, Vt., where Ken 
is director of recreation. Hazel is teaching the 
grammar school. They were in town for the 
Amherst game. 

'24 Johnnie Reed is head of the Depart- 
ment of Mathematics in the Amherst High 
School this year. He and his wife, Helen (Grout) 
Reed '25, are frequently seen at Aggie games 
and other gatherings. 

'22 Charles Austin Farwell writes, "Re- 
signed my position with the United Fruit 
Company in South America, and returned to 
the U. S. last August. Am now permanently 
connected with E. S. Draper of Charlotte, N. C. 
My work is practically all landscape engineering 
and covers about six or seven of the southern 

'24 Bob Woodworth of Dandelion Club 
fame is finishing his second year of graduate 
work. He is at Harvard this year, and expects 
to get his M.S. in June. . 


'25 Geo. L. Church writes of his studies 
at Harvard Graduate School, where he is 
majoring in Botany and biological sciences. 
The Aggie delegation at Cambridge also in- 

John Perry '24 is also taking work in 

Eric Lamb '24 and John Whittier '23, who 
are in Harvard Business School. 

C. V. Perry '24 and "Gus" Lindskog '23, 
at Harvard Medical School. 

Frank Gilbert '22 in Harvard Grad. School 
of Arts and Sciences. 


If any alumnus would like to have 
the Prom Show come to his home 
town, please get in touch as soon as 
possible with Philip N. Dow, 90 
Pleasant St., Amherst, Mass., so as 
to complete all arrangements neces- 


'01 A daughter, Fay Emma, to Nathan 
J. and Beatrice Fay Hunting, July 28, 1925. 

'15 A daughter, Marjorie Anne, to Mr. 
and Mrs. Raymond B. Griggs, September 
28, 1925. 

'18 A son, George Wendell, Jr., to George 
Wendell and Nellie Murray Barton, October 9, 

'23 & '24 A daughter, Shirley Louise, to 
J. Stanley and Aimee Geiger Bennett, Decem- 
ber 25, 1925. 

F A son, to Dr. and Mrs. Max Abell, 
January 8, 1926. Dr. Abell is assistant professor 
of Farm Management. 


'22 & '23 Clarence F. Clark to Miss 
Frances B. Martin, November 21, 1925, at New 
York City. 

'25 Donald B. Alexander to Miss Annette 
Frances Cardarelli, January 2, 1926, at Akron 


w'06 Stanley F. Morse. "Cane Costs and 
Colono Rates." In Facts About Sugar, January 
9, 1926. 

'14 Dr. D. A. Coleman, senior author. 
"Some Observations on Making Ash Deter- 
minations." In Cereal Chemistry, November 

'18 F. A. Carlson. "Brazilian Agriculture." 
Journal American Soc. Agronomy, 17:11:725-730, 


The Alumni Association of the 
Sapporo Agricultural College, Japan, 
intends to present to that institution next 
May, a bronze bust of William S. Clark, 
their first president and the third presi- 
dent of M.A.C. 



Alumni and former faculty members in 
attendance at the annual meeting of the Associa- 
tion of Landgrant Institutions were guests of 
the Chicago Alumni Association at a luncheon 
held at the Congress Hotel, Wednesday, Nov. 
18. Mr. F. A. Shiverick '82, served as toast- 
master, calling on Former President Butterfield, 
Wilder '82, Dr. Cance of the Faculty, and 
Haskell '04, for impromptu speeches. 

Those present aside from the above were: 
Peck '20, Moreau '12, Curran '16, Mack '17, 
Field '92, Wheeler '83, Beals, ex-faculty, Hills 
'81, Hartwell '89, Knight '02, and Corbett '09. 


(Continued from Page 3) 
missionary institutions. Other wheat experi- 
ments planted were one in flag smut eradication 
by the chemical treatment of seed and one in 
wheat irrigation. 

In eight scattered lower primary schools 
under my direction they are raising garden stuff 
and have an acre of wheat apiece. I hope to 
extend this work into other schools soon. 

At the present writing it will not be possible 
for this letter to leave this city. The Northern 
Army, with White Russian mercenaries, is en- 
trenching 15 miles to our north, while the 
Chekiang Army has worked its way nearly to 
us from the south and is expected to attack. 
There have been no passenger or mail trains 
over this, the main line of railroad between 
Peking and Shanghai, in over a week. This 
affair came up very suddenly and, as we are 
short of supplies, we hope for a quick ending 
of the trouble but the fulfillment of our wish 
is not assured." 



Vol. VII. 

Amherst, Massachusetts, February 25, 1926 

No. 7 


Athletics and Academic Activities 


The writer has been teaching agriculture in 
the Jamaica Plain High School for eight years, 
having organized and developed this depart- 
ment from an initial enrollment of six pupils in 
1919 to sixty pupils in 1926. The department is 
a vocational department under the Smith 
Hughes Acts and the State Department of 

The title of this article should arouse the 
curiosity of the reader because of the extreme 
terms used, "Agriculture" and "City". It has 
been found that these extremes really have been 
affiliated, strange as it may seem, into "city 
agriculturists". The logical question now, is: 
How is this type of study carried on under such 
conditions to obtain any definite results? 

The problem of teaching agriculture in 
Boston has resolved itself into "finding the 
pupil", such as a suitable recruit for the course, 
the proper motivation of his work as a pupil 
and keeping in close touch with him after 
graduation. Thus the pupil, as an individual, 
is studied and developed. 

The proper type of applicant is secured 
through interviewing pupils in elementary 
schools, and garden, science and vocational 
guidance teachers. These groups are fully 
aware of the important requisite of previous 
agricultural experience during the summer. 
Thus, experienced pupils in agriculture are 
secured in the beginning, some of the best com- 
ing from the closely congested sections in the 
heart of Boston. 

The school work of these pupils is made 
interesting by use of outside speakers, visits to 
varied agricultural activities and agricultural 
practices on the grounds of the Boston State 
Hospital, Franklin Park, and like places. Thus 
study and practice plus contacts with these 
other agricultural interests serves to help the 
pupil to develop keen interest in his work, 
possibly to "find himself" as far as his future 
work is concerned. 

The pupils are encouraged to take part in 
all high school activities, such as athletics, 
orchestra work, military drill, and debating. 
Many of the leading pupils in the above activi- 
ties have been "aggies". The championship 
football team this past fall had five "aggies" as 
regulars, three of whom were honor pupils in 
scholarship. Three members of the champion- 
ship hockey team, and also three members of 
the championship rifle team of last winter, 
were "aggies". Thus, these pupils and the whole 
student body realize that they are a valuable 
asset to the school. 

High scholarship and good attendance are 
constantly before the pupils. The honor roll 
generally contains from one to three "aggies" 
out of a possible total of five names. The 
Alfred Muller Medal (M.A.C. 1912), awarded 
for the highest scholarship in the school for 
four years, has been won in the last- six years 
by three "aggies"; namely, Robert Templeton 
'25, Daniel Mulhern '28, and Fraser McKittrick 
'29. The high school has led in the attendance 

*Junior Master Jamaica Plain High School, 
Boston, Mass. 

(Continued on Page 4, col. 1) 


Schedule for Boston Trip 
of Musical Clubs 

Feb. 25 (afternoon), U. S. Veterans' Hos- 
pital, Rutland. 
Feb. 25 (evening), Holden. 
Feb. 26 (evening), Stow. 
Feb. 27 (evening), Auburndale. 


Mid-Winter Alumni Day 
Scores Big 

Braving the heaviest snowfall of the season 
nearly 100 alumni gathered on the campus to 
renew friendships and to participate in the 
program arranged for the 13th Annual Mid- 
winter Alumni Day on February 6. More than 
sixty of this number came from some distance 
from Amherst. The heavy blanket of snow and 
snow-threatening skies were undoubtedly the 
reason for the relatively small attendance com- 
pared to the meeting of last year. Main roads 
were badly blocked with snow making motor 
traffic hazardous, if not impossible. 

Those who returned, however, spent a very 
enjoyable day. Following the M.A.C.-Middle- 
bury hockey game, which Aggie lost after a 
bitter struggle and a second overtime period 
by a score of 2-1, there was a business meeting 
of the Associate Alumni in the auditorium of 
Memorial Hall. Immediately following the 
meeting a buffet department group luncheon 
was served in Draper Hall. 

After the luncheon the alumni were enter- 
tained by an Inter-Fraternity Sing in Stock- 
bridge Hall at which the Phi Sigma Kappa 
fraternity, with 87 points, won the first prize, 
consisting of a huge silver cup. Lambda Chi 
Alpha, with 85 points, placed second and Kappa 
Epsilon, with 78 points, third. The cup, which 
was donated by the Academic Activities Board, 
is to be awarded annually to the winning frater- 
nity and will be given permanently to the 
fraternity which wins it for three years. 

An Aggie victory on the basketball floor over 
the Holy Cross five to the tune of 37-23 left a 
good taste all around and whetted the appetites 
of many of the alumni who remained for the 
fraternity banquets in the evening. 

The classes of '19 and '25 ranked highest in 
the number of registering alumni present. Each 
class having six members present for the reunion. 


Feature Attractions 

Friday, April 30, at 1.30 p. m. 

The Massachusetts Interscholastic 

Championship Live Stock Judging 

M.A.C. Interscholastic Fruit Judging 

Saturday, May 1 

M.A.C. Interscholastic Poultry Judg- 
ing Contest. 
Exhibition by the Cavalry Unit. 
Varsity baseball: M.A.C. vs. Wes- 

State Championship and M.A.C. 

Judging Awards. 
Musical Clubs Concert and Roister 

Doister Play. 


The legislative committee on Education 
and State Administration held a hearing on the 
College administration bill January 28. The 
hearing was conducted by Ernest S. Russell, 
representing the Associate Alumni and John 
Chandler representing the Trustees. Pro- 
ponents of the bill presented the following 

1. Control of personnel by the Commis- 
ion on Administration and Finance means 
control of the educational policies of the College. 

2. The control of personnel sought by the 
Trustees does not violate the essential principle 
of a budget system. 

3. The control of personnel and the resul- 
tant control of the educational policies of the 
institution has impaired the service of the 
institution throughout the State. 

4. The principle of editorial control by a 
State Bureau of Administration over research 
and other bulletins is unsound and indefensible, 
and practiced in no other State. 

5. The present system of state purchasing 
has caused delay and in many cases has been 

6. The present laws are ambiguous with re- 
spect to the control of the College as vested in the 
Trustees and in the Commissioner of Education. 

7. The present system of centralized con- 
trol is not justified as it is applied to the manage- 
ment of an educational institution. 

8. The Agricultural College is different 
from all other _ State Departments because of 
the highly specialized character of its work and 
workers, and because of its Federal involvements 
and obligations. 

Those speaking in behalf of the bill were: 
Representative Joseph Martin, M.A.C. '87, 
of Marblehead; Representative Alfred W. Ingalls 
of Lynn; John Chandler, Trustee; George H. 
Ellis, Trustee; Theoren L. Warner, M.A.C. '08, 
of Sunderland; Mrs. John W. Gould of Worcester 
Trustee Worcester County Extension Service; 
Charles H. Preston, M.A.C. '83, Trustee; Philip 
F. Whitmore, M.A.C. '15, of Sunderland; 
Davis R. Dewey, Trustee; S. L. Davenport, 
M.A.C. '08, representing the Massachusetts 
Fruit Growers' Association; Howard S. Russell, 
Secretary of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau 
Federation; William N. Howard, Master of the 
Massachusetts State Grange; Arthur W. Gilbert, 
M.A.C. '04, Trustee and Commissioner of Agri- 
culture; Acting President Edward M. Lewis; 
Henry Lefavour, President of Simmons College 


1. That in general the present system of 
centralized control has been relatively success- 
ful and economical for the State. 

2. That arguments for exemption from the 
application of these laws made in behalf of the 
Agricultural College apply to all other institu- 
tions within the Department of Education. The 
Legislature in the Consolidation Act of 1919 did 
not intend that the Commissioner of Education 
should exercise detailed control over the Trustees 
of the Agricultural College and he has not inter- 
fered seriously in any matters of administration. 

3. The bill is to be opposed because of the 
implied disintegration which it carries of the 
complete control by the Commission on Admin- 
istration and Finance. 

4. A law relieving the Trustees from con- 
trol and supervision by the Commissioner of 
Education would probably be unconstitutional. 

(Continued on Page 4. col. 3) 

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William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Ernest S. Russell '16 ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18 ex officio 



Lafayette F. Clark was injured by collision 
with an automobile in West Brattleboro, Jan. 
26, and died of his injuries Jan. 29. He was 
riding his bicycle at 10.15 in the evening, and, 
in the storm, failed to see the approaching auto. 
His skull was fractured, neck dislocated and 
left leg and hip broken. 

Clark has been living since 1915, on the 
home farm in West Brattleboro, having left 
creamery work in Iowa, at that time, to take 
care of his father. His family have lived in 
West Brattleboro for generations, his great 
grandfather being prominently identified with 
the early history of the village. 

In college he was known for his integrity 

and solidity of character. He was a man of 

deep religous convictions. He sang in the glee 

club, and was a member of the C.S.C. fraternity. 

C. A. Peters '97 

'12 Bertha Grant Fowler, wife of George 
Scott Fowler, December 20, 1925, at Newport 
General Hospital. 


A meeting of the Associate Alumni of 
M.A.C., President Ernest S. Russell presiding, 
was held in Memorial Hall, Saturday, February 
6, 1926. Forty alumni were present. After the 
report of the Secretary, Treasurer, and other 
members of the Executive Committee, Acting 
President Lewis addressed the meeting. 


The report on the Memorial Building Fund 
presented at the Mid- Winter Alumni Day meet- 
ing of the Association stated that the note to 
the American Trust Company had been reduced 
from $9,500 to $7,500 since June 1925 and that 
the amount due on pledges had been reduced 
from $22,337.93 to $18,559.20 during this 
period. The policy of forced collections is con- 
tinuing, the expense of which is met by the 
treasury of the Association or by securing 
additional contributions. 


Dr. C. A. Peters presented a Class Fund 
Plan at the meeting of the alumni and it was 
voted to accept this plan. The plan provides 
for a unique method whereby classes may 
adequately finance themselves after graduation 
for reuning purposes, class letters and the like, 
and at the same time provide for class gifts to 
the college. 


The Assistant Secretary presented a new 
plan for the reuning of classes at Commence- 
ment. This plan provides for the definite 
reunion of each class on its 1st, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 
25th, 40th and 50th anniversary of its gradua- 
tion and in addition it makes for reunions on an 
average of once every four years, with intervals 
between reunions of not less than two or more 
than five years. It also brings each class in 
joint reunion with every other class in college 
with it when freshmen, when sophomores, when 
juniors and when seniors. 


Receipts on January 27 totaled $2,181.51 
and expenditures $2,036.60. It is estimated that 
$3000 will be needed to meet the expenses for 
the fiscal year. Approximately $1000 more must 
be raised to meet these expenses, and most of 
it must come through ordinary and sustaining 
membership fees. An itemized statement 

Actual to 


Interest on Investments $ 29.74 

Ordinary Membership Fees 1454.50 

Sustaining Membership Fees 571.30 

Bulletin Subs' pt's from Life Members 27.00 
Other Bulletin Subscriptions 37.60 

Alumni Directories 32.10 

Miscellaneous 29 . 27 




Deficit, 1924-1925 


General Office Expenses 


Salary of Ass't Secretary 


Clerical Help 


World Aggie Night, Mid Winter 

Alumni Day & Commencement 


Committees on Administration and 

on College Trustees 


Alumni Bulletin Printing 


Alumni Bulletin Engravings 


Alumni Bulletin Mailing 


Address Correction Lists 


Assoc, of Alumni Secretaries 

and Alumni Magazines 











$ 144.91 



Balance, June 10, 1925 







*$180.00 to be paid from Memorial Building 



Chester S. Gillett '08 and John S. Crosby 
'25 have contributed sustaining memberships 
since December 1st. Frederick W. Read '14 
has pledged $25 toward the Memorial Building 


'08 Hermon T. Wheeler to Miss Regina 
Philomene Horton, January 23, 1926, at Boston, 


'19 Dr. Thomas J. Gasser to Ethel Mildred 
Burgess of Newton Square, Pa. 


William Wheeler '71 Elected Presid- 
ing Officer of M. A. C. Solons 

The Trustees of the College at their annual 
meeting elected William Wheeler of the class of 
1871 as the Vice-President and presiding officer 
of their board. Mr. Wheeler succeeds Hon. 
Charles A. Gleason who died last September. 
He has been a trustee of the College for nearly 
forty years and has served as chairman of the 
Committee on Course of Study and Faculty. 

Mr. Atherton Clark '77 was chosen chair- 
man of the Finance Committee. Harold L. 
Frost '95 will continue as chairman of the 
Committee on Horticulture, and Charles H. 
Preston '83, as chairman of the Committee on 
Experiment Department. Thus all four of the 
alumni who are appointive members of the 
Board of Trustees are serving in important 


The Executive Committee of the Associate 
Alumni, President Ernest S. Russell presiding, 
met on January 30, principally for the purpose 
of making final plans for Mid-Winter Alumni 
Day, which was held on February 6. 

Several Memorial Building pledges were 
considered and action taken regarding them in 
accordance with existing rules and authority. 

Plans were discussed for the promotion of 
greater interest among the alumni in the ath- 
letic activities of the College. 

Dr. Peters reported that the Mills Portrait 
was completed and he was granted authority 
for the purchase of a suitable frame into which 
it will be mounted. 


At a meeting of the Massachusetts Tree 
Wardens' and Foresters' Association held at 
Horticultural Hall, Boston, January 20 and 21, 
1926, Everett P. Mudge '06, was re-elected 
President, Oliver G. Pratt '18, was re- 
elected Secretary and Treasurer, and L. F. 
Prouty sp.'ll, one of the Vice-Presidents. Un- 
knowingly, in arranging the program for the 
meeting, it so happened that R. M. Gibbs, 
Jesse Carpenter and A. W. Dodge, all of the 
class of 1912, took part and each one presented 
an excellent paper. A. F. Burgess '95, who is 
connected with the U. S. Department of Agri- 
culture also addressed the meeting. The Associa- 
tion was founded by Dr. George E. Stone '86, 
on March 27, 1913. 


This year's intercollegiate flower judging 
contest held in Horticultural Hall, Boston, was 
the scene of considerable alumni activity since 
the teams from M.A.C., Rhode Island State, 
and Connecticut Agricultural College, were all 
coached by M.A.C. alumni. The coaches were 
Clark L. Thayer '13, for M.A.C; Garrick E. 
Wildon '16, for Rhode Island State; Roland H. 
Patch '11, for Connecticut Aggie. The Connecti- 
cut aggregation won both the team and individ- 
ual contests. 

Professor Clark L. Thayer read a paper 
before the American Carnation Society at 
Horticultural Hall, Boston, January 29, 1926. 
The title of his offering was "The Value of 
Intercollegiate Flower Judging Contests." 


'12 A son, Philip Sumner to George Scott 
and Bertha Grant Fowler, December 20, 1925 
at Newport, R. I. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, February 25, 1926 



Nine straight victories for this year's team 
ties the record held by Hank Gowdy's 1922 
quintet as the greatest number of consecutive 
wins in the history of Aggie basketball. Coach 
Gore has certainly developed a strong combina- 
tion and those of us who are privileged to watch 
it feel right proud of this product of Alma Mater. 
The team has defeated Norwich, Worcester 
Tech, Brown, Wesleyan, Clark, New Hampshire, 
Holy Cross, Williams and Middlebury. It has 
made a total score of 254 as compared with 168 
of its opponents. 

The victory of 34 to 31 over Williams at 
Williamstown was outstanding and the 16-14 
defeat of Middlebury indicates the battle which 
these Vermonters staged in the old Drill Hall. 

Coach Gore's five man defense, built on 
the premise that a strong defense is the key to 
victory, is proving its worth. The long arms 
and legs of Temple, Jones, Partenheimer, 
Griffin and Thomas form a nearly impregnable 
barrier. Ray Smiley has an uncanny sense for 
following the ball and is playing a remarkable 
game at guard. Here is a team with skill and 
fight. We are all hoping for continued success 
in the remaining hard games on the schedule. 


Athletic and Academic Awards 

Members of the athletic and academic 
teams, clubs and boards, who qualified in any 
of the several college activities during the past 
season were honored at the chapel exercises in 
Stockbridge Hall on Friday, February 12. The 
names of those honored, together with the 
activities participated in and the award made 
are as follows: 



We have a real hockey club this winter, too. 
Three wins, three losses and one tie is a good 
record considering the many handicaps con- 
fronted. The important fact is that the team 
has shown steady and consistent improvement 
since the beginning of the season. None of us 
were very optimistic then over the season's 
prospects. However, with a small squad and 
poor ice conditions which have permitted only 
ten practices, Coach Ball has developed a team 
which defeated West Point 2 to 1 in their own 
bailiwick, New Hampshire 3 to 1, and R.P.I. 
2 to 1. We lost to M.I.T. 3 to and to Hamilton 
5 to 2 in the first two games of the season. The 
Hamilton game was tied one to one with ten 
minutes to play. Fresh substitutes turned the 
trick for Hamilton. Middlebury beat us 2 to 1 
in a fast game Mid- Winter Alumni Day. This 
game went twenty minutes overtime and was 
worth watching, even though feet were frozen, 
as your friends who were on campus for the 
festivities will tell you. The first Amherst game 
was a to tie despite ten minutes overtime by 

Captain Moberg's sextet consists of three 
seniors, Potter and Frese besides himself, and 
three sophomores, Forest, Abrahamson and 
Palmer. They have developed a splendid passing 
game and are a strong defensive organization. 

Aggie is well represented in winter sport 
this year. 


Between forty and fifty men are practicing 
every Saturday in the Drill Hall in old clothes. 
Letter men and veterans are assisting in the 
teaching of football fundamentals. Wrestling 
under Hall, a former Syracuse varsity wrestler 
and boxing under George Shumway '25 are 
part of the program. 


Certificate as Captain: Lawrence L. Jones 

Certificate and Sweater: Francis W. 
Warren '26, John Tulenko '26, Henry H. 
Richardson '26, Frederic A. Baker '26, Richard 
Fessenden '26, Chester W. Nichols '26, Edwin 
J. Haertl '27, William G. Amstein '27, Albert C. 
Cook '28, Myron M. Smith '26. 

These men were members of this team but 
have previously received awards: Herbert E. 
Moberg '26, Alton H. Gustafson '26, Philip H. 
Couhig '26, Joseph R. Hilyard '27, Linus A. 
Gavin '26, Donald C. Sullivan '26, George H. 
Thurlow '26. 


W. A. Luce '20 writes of the social card 
parties and dinners which he, "Doc" Regan '08, 
and "Mert" Lane '15 are having in Wenatchee 
and Yakima, Washington. "Bill" Luce and 
"Doc" Regan are connected with the Washing- 
ton State Department of Horticulture, and 
"Mert" Lane is an entomologist with the U. 
S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of 


Captain's Certificate and Gold Track Shoe: 
Herbert F. Bartlett '26. 

Certificate, Sweater and Track Shoe: 
Raphael A. Biron '27, Frederick W. Swan '27, 
Ellsworth H. Wheeler '26. 

Gold Track Shoe: Clarence Crooks '27, 
Harry C. Nottebart '27, Charles P. Preston '28, 
J. Emerson Greenaway '27, L. L. Derby, Coach. 


Gold medals: Harry E. Fraser '26, of 
Jamaica Plain, Musical Clubs, Index; Mary T. 
Boyd '26, of Ontega, Fla., Publications; John 
F. Lambert '26, of Gleasondale, Musical Clubs, 
Publications; Roy E. Norcross '26, of Brimfield, 
Musical Clubs; Charles P. Reed, of West 
Bridgewater, Publications; Alvin G. Stevens 
'26, of Needham, Collegian, Musical Clubs. 

Silver medals: Duncalf W. Hollingworth 
'26, of Providence, R. I., Musical Clubs, Dra- 
matics; Marguerite Bosworth '26, of Holyoke, 
Dramatics; Veasey Pierce w'26, of Dorchester, 

Certificates were also awarded to several 
members of the Fruit, Poultry, Dairy Products, 
Live Stock, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Products, and 
Floriculture Judging Teams. 


The announcement of the commencement 
of a tuition charge to resident students is 
causing no adverse comment among the stu- 
dents. In fact, the Collegian seemed to echo the 
sentiment of the undergraduates when it ad- 
mitted the common sense of the move, and 
stated its belief that the number who would be 
obliged to discontinue their higher education 
for the lack of the sixty dollars would be few. 

The destruction of the Treasurer's beautiful 
home on Mt. Pleasant was followed by a blaze 
which destroyed a large brooder house at the 
Poultry Plant. Mr. Kenney's home is being 
rapidly rebuilt. 

The new cavalry stable has been com- 
pleted, at a cost of $16,500. It is of fireproof, 
concrete construction, and includes a stable, 
feed storage, and smithy. It will accommodate 
sixty-six horses, is well lighted and ventilated, 
and ranks among the best buildings of the kind 
in the East. 


The Varsity Debating Team won its first of 
a series of debates in defeating the University 
of Oklahoma trio by a vote of two to one by the 
judges. The debate took place in the auditorium 
of Memorial Hall on Thursday evening, Feb. 
11, and the subject under discussion was "Re- 
solved, that the States should reconsider the 
Child Labor Amendment." The M.A.C. team, 
composed of Eliot P. Dodge '26 of Beverly, 
Ralph W. Haskins '27 of Greenfield, and Herman 
E. Pickens '27 of Stoneham, a veteran group of 
debaters, upheld the affirmative side of the 

This victory is very significant in view of 
the fact that Aggie was recommended to the 
Oklahoma management as a worthy opponent by 
Boston University, and that M.A.C. is scheduled 
to meet six teams before the middle of March. 
Debates have been arranged with the Univer- 
sity of Maine, University of Vermont, Middle- 
bury, Colby, Bates, and Kansas State College 
of Agriculture. The schedule at this time reads: 

February 25, at Orono, Maine. Subject: 
"Resolved, that Congress should pass uniform 
federal marriage and divorce laws." 

February 26, at Waterville, Maine. Sub- 
ject: The same as with the University of Maine. 

February 27, with Bates at Amherst. Sub- 
ject: "Resolved, that the United States should 
enter the World Court under, the Harding- 
Hughes reservation." M.A.C. will take the 

The debates with Middlebury College at 
Middlebury, and the University of Vermont at 
Burlington, will take place during the early 
part of March on the question, "Resolved, that 
all anthracite coal mines in the United States 
should be owned by the Federal Government." 
In these debates M.A.C. will take the negative 
side of the question. 

The debate with Kansas State Agricul- 
tural College will take place at M.A.C. early in 
March also, but the subject for debate has not 
yet been decided upon. 


Starting their winter season auspiciously 
with a very successful concert in the Hadley 
Town Hall on the evening of January 21, the 
College Musical Clubs have continued their 
efforts with increasing success at Florence, 
Belchertown and Bernardston on January 28, 
29 and February 12, respectively. 

The' Clubs are led by Roy E. Norcross '26 
of Brimfield, with Lewis H. Whitaker '27 of 
Hadley, manager. In addition to the usual 
splendid repertoire of Glee Club numbers, 
several feature attractions appear on this 
season's program. Among these is a comedy 
sketch by Hollingworth '26 and Grant '26, an 
eccentric dance by H. K. Ansell '27 and a lively 
dance orchestra. 

The Clubs are now preparing for a Boston 
trip, the schedule for which is on page 1. The 
entire trip will be made by motor bus. This 
will be a splendid opportunity for alumni and 
friends of M.A.C, in the vicinity of the towns 
listed, to enjoy themselves amidst the volumes 
of Aggie songs and to renew old friendships. 


The Girls' Glee Club has given four concerts 
this season. The first program was successfully 
accomplished at Ludlow under the auspices of 
the Parent-Teachers Association of that town 
on the evening of January 15, and the second 
took place on Sunday afternoon, January 31, in 
the Jones Library, Amherst. Concerts were also 
conducted at Cushman and Sunderland on 
February 9 and 11, respectively. All of the 
concerts were well attended, and further efforts 
are being made to secure contracts for the 
Club's appearance. Tentative arrangements 
have been completed for a concert to be given 
at Cummington soon, and a joint concert with 
the College Musical Clubs at the College is 
scheduled for March 13. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, February 25, 1926 


(Continued from Page i) 

of the mixed high schools for five years; the 
agricultural department has led this school 
record by an average of one percent yearly. 

Headmaster Maurice J. Lacey, and the 
Boston School authorities in charge of this 
.work are proud of these varied achievements of 
the "aggies", expressing their satisfaction from 
time to time. The pupils feel these comments 
which make them realize that their efforts are 

The prize winnings of these "city agricul- 
turalists" are most noteworthy when it is con- 
sidered that these pupils have competed with 
the best in this state under very adverse con- 
ditions. Over two hundred prizes have been 
won at one time in the Boston Poultry Show. 
The pupils always finish high in judging contests, 
and they have won many championships to 
date. The vegetable judging team won the 
championship of the state this year. One pupil 
won the championship in fruit judging, and 
the demonstration team won the championship 
at Boston. These pupils are urged to enter 
stock at all fairs, and also to enter judging and 
demonstration contests, thus obtaining stimulus 
from competing with rural school pupils. 

Leadership is developed through using such 
agencies as clubs, class officers and field leaders. 
The "aggies" are urged to gain this much 
needed activity in agriculture through their 
contacts in school and outside organizations. 
Records are kept of all these activities in the 
form of a "Prize and Honor List". This is filled 
in periodically and the pupils take much pride 
in its growth. The -teachers give pupils words 
of commendation or encouragement as the 
situation warrants. 

High School Day at M.A.C. has done 
much to stimulate the work in the high school. 
The "aggies" start planning this trip through 
their agricultural clubs and class captains as 
early as February first. A large auto truck 
carrying up to forty students leaves Boston 
early on the Friday morning preceding High 
School Day, for Amherst, being away for three 
days. They travel over two hundred and fifty 
miles, see a good portion of their state and get 
vital contacts with an agricultural college, its 
student life and activities. As a result many 
pupils continue their education at M.A.C. by 
enrolling in the four or two year courses. 

The following Jamaica Plain High School 
pupils have gone to M.A.C. for either the four 
or two year courses. Those who are enrolled in 
the four year courses together with their class, 
and college and high school activities are: 

(Name and High School Activities at left 
of column, followed by Class at M.A.C. and 
College Activities at right of column.) 

Robert J. Templeton, Muller Medal. 

'25, Landscape Gardening; Manager 
Class Track, College Orchestra, Index, 
Candidate for Mgr. Varsity Track. 

William K. Budge, Scholarship. 

'26, Dairying; Class Baseball. 

Harry E. Fraser, Athletics, Poultry. 

'26, Landscape Gardening; Class Foot- 
ball, Freshman Baseball, Class Base- 
ball, Squib, Index, Manager of Musical 
Clubs, Leader of Orchestra. 

Frank Botulinski, Scholarship, Poultry. 
'27, Poultry Husbandry. 

*George Hatch, Scholarship. 

'27, Landscape Gardening; Senate. 

■*Edwin Haertl, Scholarship, Athletics. 

'27, Landscape* Gardening; Varsity 
Football and Baseball, Ass't. Mgr. 
Varsity Basketball. 

Walter Van Hall, Track Team. 

'28, Dairying; Freshman Baseball and 
Football, Track. 

Daniel J. Mulhern, Muller Medal, Football. 

'28, Agricultural Education; Freshman 
Baseball and Football, Varsity Foot- 
ball Squad 1925. 

Kenneth A. Bartlett, Cavie prizes. 

'28, Entomology; Dramatics. 

s. o. s. 

The Alumni Fund is growing Slowly 
Let's make it grow Swiftly 

be well backed if it is to accomplish its 
purpose for YOU. 

TREASURER appearing in this issue. 
Contributions may be sent in any amount. 
Send checks to the Alumni Office made 
payable to Clark L. Thayer, Treasurer. 

ALUMNI DUES are payable in the 
same manner. Send in your check and 
receive the BULLETIN. 

due should be paid before March 1, in 
order that interest payments may be 
made. Checks for pledges should be made 
payable to F. C. Kenney. 



The following extract of an article regarding 
Richard L. Holden '17 appeared in the January 
15 issue of the Guernsey Breeders' Journal. It 
shows the appreciation felt by the American 
Guernsey Cattle Club for "Kid's" efforts in 
that field. 

"The men who are at present undertaking 
their new duties for the Club are already well 
known to Guernsey breeders in the Mississippi 
Valley. Richard L. Holden is transferred from 
his position on the Journal to the South Central 

"Mr. Holden graduated from the Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural College in 1917, where he 
was later on the teaching staff for two years. 
During and following his attendance at Amherst 
he was employed at The Oaks Farm, Albamont 
Farm, and Mixter Farm. After working one 
season as county club leader in Massachusetts, 
he spent a few months in the Advanced Register 
Division of the Club. In October of 1920 he 
took over the advertising and circulation end 
of the Journal, and in the summer of 1922 he 
was made Managing Editor, following the resig- 
nation of Mr. Onsrud. He has held this position 
during the last three and one-half years, — 
which period is roughly comparable with the 
term of prosperity upon which the publication 
has been launched. The last two annual reports 
of the Secretary and Treasurer show the Journal 
to be making a profit for the first time in its 

Warren Tufts, Track Team and Poultry Prizes. 

'28, Poultry Husbandry; Freshman 

Dennis M. Crowley, Football, Class Officer. 

'29, Freshman Football. 
John R. Kay, Football, Track and Class 


'29, Freshman Football and Track. 
Taylor M. Mills, Football, Baseball, Hockey, 


'29, Captain Freshman Football. 
Kenneth McKittrick, Muller Medal, Football. 

'29, Freshman Football, Vice President 

Freshman Class. 
*Helene M. Tufts. 

'29, Treasurer Freshman Class. 
Those who are pursuing the two year 
courses are: 
Joseph O'Donnell, Poultry Prizes. '24 2yr., 

Manager of fruit farm in California. 
Anthony P. Farrell, Baseball. '27 2yr. 
James Bird, Poultry. 27 2yr. 

The writer has tried to show through his 
experiences in the city agricultural department 
how the right type of student is found and 

*Not members of agricultural department, but 
graduates of Jamaica Plain High School. 


(Continued from Page i) 

5. Expressing sympathy with the prob- 
lems of the College, the Chairman of the Com- 
mission on Administration and Finance promised 
to make adjustments which will relieve annoy- 
ances which have occurred in the past. 

6. The Commission on Administration and 
Finance is in a better position than are the 
Trustees to control certain business affairs of 
the institution. 

7. That the considerations presented in 
behalf of the Agricultural College apply equally 
to all other State Departments and if relief is 
granted the Agricultural College, similar relief 
should be -extended to all other institutions and 

S. The system of centralized purchasing 
and centralized control of printing has saved 
large sums for the State and therefore the 
annoyances which have been experienced are 

Approximately one hundred attended the 
hearing including alumni, members of the 
Legislature, representatives of various agricul- 
tural organizations including the Massachusetts 
Farm Bureau Federation, the Grange, the 
Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association, the 
Boston Market Gardeners' Association, the 
Hampshire County Extension Service, the 
Berkshire County Extension Service, the Middle- 
sex County Extension Service, the Worcester 
County Extension Service and the Norfolk 
County Extension Service. 

The following requested that they be 
recorded in favor of the bill, there not being 
sufficient time for them to speak in its behalf: 

Evan F. Richardson, M.A.C. '87; J. W. 
Russell, representing the Boston Market Gard- 
eners' Association; George E. Taylor, M.A.C. 
'92; H. L. Boutwell, of Maiden, President of 
the Board of Trustees of the University of New 
Hampshire; G. Fred Pelissier of Hadley, repre- 
senting the Hampshire County Extension Ser- 
vice; Francis T. Bowles, President of the Board 
of Trustees, Massachusetts Nautical School; 
Thomas J. Hammond, Northampton, District 
Attorney for Hampshire County; W. F. Rutter, 
M.A.C. '17; Representative Frank A. Brainerd 
of South Hadley; S. M. Holman, M.A.C. '83; 
Harry J. Talmage, M.A.C.' '22, of Pittsfield, 
representing the Berkshire County Extension 
Service; Representative Chester A. Pike, M.A.C. 
'20, of Springfield; Representative Roland D. 
Sawyer, of Ware; W. R. Cutter of Hatfield, 
representing the Hampshire County Extension 
Service; Mrs. Clifton Johnson of Hadley, repre- 
senting the Hampshire County Extension Ser- 
vice; Wright A. Root, M.A.C. '95, of East- 
hampton, representing the Hampshire County 
Extension Service; R. M. Darling, M.A.C. '24. 

developed by making the best of available 
opportunities for learning the fundamentals of 
agriculture. He is encouraged to make the most 
of his school and outside activities in order that 
he may be broadened and developed so that he. 
will be capable of leadership. His varied con- 
tacts serve to enable him to find hisfuturelife work 

In connection with the above article, Mr. 
Dooley suggests that prominent Aggie graduates 
might be requested to address agricultural 
students in secondary schools, especially in 
those schools where M.A.C. men are teaching 
in order to stimulate the enrollment of more 
and better students at M.A.C. In using the 
terms "more and better students" he explains 
that he refers to both the scholastic and ath- 
letic standing of such men. Mr. Dooley already 
has one honor pupil of his school lined up for 
matriculation at M.A.C. 

It might be well to note that Mr. Dooley 
has just been appointed by the State Com- 
missioner of Agriculture, A. W. Gilbert, to 
membership on the committee to investigate 
the teaching of agriculture in secondary schools 
throughout the State. 



Vol. VII. R % a u T a n rInteeT Amherst, Massachusetts, March 25, 1926 Ent Z?£ p nd ° c £™ h ^ 1 ™- No. 8 


Albert D. Taylor '05, Shows West 
in Landscape Architecture 

Albert D. Taylor '05, nationally reputed 
landscape architect, recently began a compre- 
hensive study of the campus at the Oregon State 
Agricultural College, Corvallis, Oregon. His 
study will include a view to the future expansion 
of that campus, and recommendations for a 
suitable location for a new memorial building. 

As an undergraduate at M.A.C, Mr. 
Taylor took all of the landscape courses offered 
at that time. Graduating from M.A.C. with 
the famous class of "Naughty-Five", he has 
met with significant success in his chosen field 
of work, landscape architecture. In fact, he is 
rated among the foremost landscape architects 
in the country, and is probably conducting the 
largest business in landscape architecture in the 
United States, having an office in Cleveland, 
Ohio, with a branch office in Orlando, Florida. 

The career of Mr. Taylor has been one of 
notable activity during the twenty years since 
his graduation from M.A.C. His first position 
was with Warren A. Manning, Architect, in 
Boston, Mass. Later he went to Cornell Univer- 
sity where he took up graduate studies in Plant 
Materials, obtained his M.Sc. degree in 1906, 
and was instructor in Plant Materials. 

Most notable among Mr. Taylor's achieve- 
ments may be mentioned his employment on 
institutional and university problems at Cornell 
University, New Hampshire University, Carnegie 
Institute of Technology, Mount Union College, 
Richmond College, New Jersey Agricultural 
College, and Ohio State University. He was a 
non-resident lecturer of Landscape Architecture 
at the latter institution. 

A list of his most important projects in- 
clude: . 

Cincinnati Museum of Arts, Cincinnati, O.; 
New Jersey Agricultural College, New Bruns- 
wick, N. J.; Waterfront Boulevard, Detroit, 
Mich.; Kent State Normal College, Kent, Ohio; 
Eastern States Industrial Exposition, Spring- 
field, Mass.; Mount Union College, Alliance, O.; 
Hospital, Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad 
Company, Birmingham, Ala.; War Housing 
Projects, United States Housing Corporation; 
Lorain Project, United States Shipping Board; 
Baldwin Reservoir, City of Cleveland, Ohio; 
Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Sixth National 
Flower Show, Cleveland, Ohio; Ohio Masonic 
House, Springfield, Ohio; Carnegie Institute of 
Technology, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Harding Memorial, 
Marion, Ohio; London Prison Farm, London, O; 
First Cleveland Flower Show, Cleveland, Ohio; 
Estates of H. H. Windsor; Edward Bok of 
the Ladies' Home Journal; Cyrus Curtis of the 
Curtis Publishing Company, at Camden, Me. 
and others. 

In addition to the above accomplishments 
Mr. Taylor has held the following important 

• Member of City Plan Commission, Cleve- 
land, Ohio; Former President Mid-West Chapter 
of Landscape Architecture; Trustee of American 
Society of Landscape Architects. In connection 
with the latter office has has served as a member 
of the judging committee for the Prix de Rome. 
(Continued on Page 4, col. 2) 


June 12, Alumni Day and Amherst 
baseball game. Mark those dates on your 
calendar. Class sf 1916, see your reunion 
plans page 2. Other class reunion plans 
will appear next month. Let's break all 
reunion records. 


Alumni Asked to Assist 

The Seventeenth Annual High School Dav 
at M.A.C. will be held Saturday, May 1. At 
least seven hundred high school students, 
teachers, principals and superintendents are 

Interscholastic livestock, poultry and fruit 
judging contests, an exhibition by the Cavalry 
Unit, a varsity baseball game with Wesleyan, 
an evening entertainment and fraternity recep- 
tions will feature the program. The fruit and 
livestock judging contests start Friday after- 
noon, April 30. 

Alumni are urged to send the names of boys 
and girls whom they think might be interested 
in visiting the College to the Field Secretary, 
M.A.C. Announcements will be sent direct to 
the boys and girls or to the alumnus who sends 
in the names as he may direct. 

Let's make a new record for more and better 
students for M.A.C. 


There have been no new developments 
on the legislative bill affecting tne admin- 
istration of the College. You loyal alumni 
are urged during this lull in the fight to 
use your influence by interviewing the 
state legislators from your district. 


Saturday, April 17, Williams, here 
Saturday, April 24, Tufts, here 
Wednesday, April 28, W. P. I., there 
Saturday, May 1, Wesleyan, here 
Tuesday, May 4, Dartmouth, there 
Thursday, May 6, Bowdoin, here 
Saturday, May 9, Union, there 
Friday, May 14, Lowell, there 

Saturday, May 15, New Hampshire, there 
Wednesday, May 19, Wesleyan, there 
Saturday, May 22, Amherst, there 
Friday, May 28, Middlebury, there 

Saturday, May 29, Vermont, there 
Saturday, June 5, Springfield, there 
Friday, June 11, Connecticut, there 

Saturday, June 12, Amherst, here 

Are YOU An 

You can be one by supporting either 
the Alumni Fund, or becoming a Sustain- 
ing Member of the Association. Have 
you sent in your alumni dues check? 
Memorial Building Pledges must be met. 
Is Yours? 



A Class Tree Catalogue has recently been 
compiled which should recall to many alumni 
one event of the "free-abandon" variety in 
their undergraduate days. This data is pub- 
lished, not only as a matter of record, but in 
order that interested alumni might receive its 
benefits and perhaps add to the information 
already collected. Considerable credit is due 
Professor Roland W. Rogers '17, formerly 
associated with the Horticultural Department, 
for his efforts in gathering material for this 
article. Due to the limited space available the 
class tree records for the classes of 1871 to 1906, 
only, appear in this issue of the Bulletin, while 
the later class records will be presented in the 
April number. 

1871. American Elm ( Ulmus americana). 
Twenty street trees around the plot in front 
(east) of South College, planted April 24, 1869. 

1872. No record secured. 

1873. American Elm ( Ulmus americana). 
A splendid tree in a small triangle of lawn 
between Wilder Hall and the Physics Building. 

1874. White Oak (Quercus alba). Large 
tree seventy-five feet north of northeast corner 
of North College. 

1875. American Elm ( Ulmus americana). 
Rows of street trees on both sides of Olmsted 
Drive, from the south entrance to the campus 
to the bridge over the brook. Dug from the 
Plumtree swamp and planted in the Spring of 

1876. Blue Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens 
glauca). East and a little north of old Chemical 
Laboratory. Died and now removed. 

1877. Species not known. "Planted near 
the spot where Memorial Hall now stands." 
Not located. 

1878. White Pine (Pinus strobus). About 
thirty feet southeast of the Chapel-Library. 
"Planted June 19, 1877." This Class also 
planted the rows of American Elms on each 
side of the north end of Olmsted Drive, from 
the Experiment Station to the Ravine. Set in 
the Spring of 1875. 

1879. "The Class planted ivy on the south 
side of North College but did not plant a tree." 

1880. No record secured. 

1881. Sugar Maple {Acer saccharum). Row 
on south side of crosswalk, between the Pond 
and North Pleasant street. Supplemented, 
later, by others and with Green Ash (Fraxinum 
lanceolata). Planted in the Spring of 1879. A 
row of Carolina Poplar (Populus deltoides) 
planted on the north side of crosswalk, opposite 
the Maples, by members of the Class who came 
up from 1882. The last one of these Poplars 
was removed in the Spring of 1922, thirty-six 
inches in diameter. 

1882. Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor). 
In a small triangle of lawn east of North College, 
at the west end of the crosswalk. This Class 
also planted a row of American Elm ( Ulmus 
americana) on the west side of North Pleasant 
street, north from the entrance to the campus 
to the Experiment Station. Set in the Spring 
of 1881. There is a marker at each end of the 

1883. Green Ash (Fraxinus lanceolata). 
Row on east side of North Pleasant Street, 

(Continued on Page 4, col. 3) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, March 25, 1926 


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Entered as second class" matter, March 1 1 ■ 
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under the Acts of March 3. 1879 


William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Ernest S. Russell '16 ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18 ex officio 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst Mass. 




This is not a plea for an over-emphasis of 
college athletics. I believe that with many stu- 
dents, athletics play too important a part. I 
believe also that with many students academic 
rank, vocational interests, and non-athletic 
interests are over-emphasized. Emphatically I 
believe that most of us waste too much time. 
I have heard no Aggie coach ask for time from 
studies to take part in athletics. I have heard 
them ask for the time that undergraduates spend 
on bull-fests, cards, and the like. How much 
time is so wasted is seldom appreciated by any- 
one who has not kept an hourly schedule of his 

It has been suggested that if a person wants 
to be a farmer he should study agriculture and 
not waste his time with botany or literature or 
any such extraneous matter. Similarly if he 
wants to be a botanist he should not bother with 
history or athletics. If he wants to be a Bo Mac- 
Millan or a Red Grange it is foolish to waste his 
time with books. If, however, he wants to be a 
man he will turn his attention to many distinct 
fields and to each he will give the best there is 
in him. Nor do I fear the old myth of jack-of- 
all-trades and master of none. From Aristotle 
to Bacon, from Washington to Roosevelt our 
greatest homage has been for the man of varied 
interests and broad training. 

That is the spirit in which I entered Aggie 
athletics. My personal tastes were more for 
books. In high school I had not even attended 
a football game as a spectator. I found in foot- 
ball all the drudgery of which George Owen 
recently wrote, but, is there anything worth 
while which does not involve drudgery? 

In high school my teacher was once asked 
what value there was to studying Latin. Quick 
as a flash came the reply, "It teaches you to 
work, to concentrate." True enough, but is 
there then anything which better fits a man for 
life than a sport where he must concentrate and 
work as he never worked before, get licked day 
after day, and then go out and fight and work 
harder than ever? 

I did not make myself a hero, I barely sneaked 
out a sweater, but I found out what Aggie 
athletics are all about. I found myself. I don't 
regret the long hard grind and know that from 
that course at least I got my money's worth. 
Trescott T. A bele '2.3 


During the past month the Association has 
received sustaining memberships from the 
following extra-loyal alumni: F. A. Tucker 
w'76, C. S. Nauss w'92, A. D. Taylor '05, and 
A. F. Haffenreffer w'04. 

Go thou and do likewise. 


1916 plans to hold a banner 10th Reunion 
in June. The response to the call issued two 
months ago has been almost overwhelming. The 
committee is using every known devise to 
thoroughly advertise the event, and intends to 
furnish a program that will make the boys 
from Texas, Florida, Alabama and Illinois glad 
they came; and they are coming too. 

Headquarters will be in the Memorial 
Building. The marshall for the Alumni parade 
has been appointed and has accepted the 
position. There will be- a big' banquet for the 
men and women of the class. Sand piles and 
kiddie cars will be provided for the younesters 
while "Pa and Ma" are at the ball game. Class 
costumes have been provided for; a rousing 
class meeting is scheduled. The ladies of the 
class are expected to turn out in force, and they 
will be royally entertained. Other plans are in 
the making and will be announced in detail at 
a later date. 

The Reunion of 1916 is of particular signifi- 
cance, because it is a gathering of the last class 
that fully exemplified the great traditions of 
Aggie undergraduate life. Each gray and 
maroon coated figure on the campus next June 
will serve to recall the time when the College 
Senate ran student affairs; when class spirit was 
strong enough to support Class Sings; when the 
sophomore class saw to it that freshmen saluted 
seniors and faculty, cleaned off the hockey rink, 
and let their superiors have some. of the side- 
walk; when class scraps were punctuated with 
enthusiasm, and "drill" was run by the "Bloke." 

The committee in charge is: Charles H. Gould 
Chairman; B. C. L. Sander, Secretary: Carlton 
M. Gunn, William L. Harris, Jr., Linus H. Jones, 
Fred W. Jerome, Harold B. Mahan, Ernest S. 
Russell, and Durelle Swan. 

Charles H. Gould 
President of the Class of 1916 



Leonard Metcalf, noted consulting enginner, 
died at his home in Concord, Mass., January 29, 
in the fifty-sixth year of his age. 

Mr. Metcalf was graduated from the Mass. 
Institute of Technology in 1892 and for three 
years thereafter was in the employ of Wheeler 
& Parks, Boston. He was Professor of Mathe- 
matics at M.A.C. from September 1895, until 
September 1897. Later he organized the firm of 
Metcalf & Eddy, hydraulic engineers and in his 
chosen field of work his activities were nation 
wide. According to the Boston Herald, as a 
result of his eminence in his profession, he was 
called frequently to advise or to testify in 
questions relative to water-works, valuation and 
water rate making. Among the most noted 
cases may be mentioned those at San Francisco, 
Denver, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Patterson, 
N. J. and Utica, N. Y. 

He was a frequent contributor to various 
scientific journals. He served the town of 
Concord as a library trustee and as chairman of 
its board of water commissioners. He had been 
president of the Alumni Association of his alma 
mater at different times and was a member of 
numerous engineering societies. 

J. B. Lindsey '83. 



'90 A son, Frederick Leon, Jr., weight 
eight pounds and two ounces, to Dr. and Mrs. 
Frederick Leon Taylor, March 12, 1926. 


'13 Mr. Joseph Augustine Macone to Miss 
Dorothy Veronica Blodgett, March 13, 1926, 
at Concord Junction, Mass. 

The printing of a new publication, which 
has been christened The Massachusetts Agricul- 
tural Review has been authorized and will 
soon make its appearance. It will be about 
the same size as the Bulletin, and will 
seek to carry to all members of the staff of 
M.A.C. and those who co-operate in its work 
the important news of accomplishments in the 
fields of agriculture and allied sciences. It will 
carry feature articles on timely agricultural sub- 
jects, abstracts and reviews of current research, 
bibliographies and reviews of the more impor- 
tant literature, editorial comments on agricul- 
tural trends and events, as well as M.A.C. news. 

The editorial committee for this paper is 
composed of Sidnev B. Haskell '04, Chairman; 
Ralph J. Watts '0'7, Roland H. Verbeck '08, 
John D. Willard G'25, and William I. Goodwin 
'18 of the College Staff. 


Born in Paris, France, on the 3rd of June, 
1852, Rufus Putnam Woodbury, son of Isaac B. 
Woodbury, music teacher and publisher, died, 
after a protracted illness, on the 17th of October, 
1925, at Kansas City. He prepared for college 
at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, and sub- 
sequently went abroad, devoting himself to the 
modern languages, mathematics, painting and 
literature, and attending schools in Dresden and 
Geneva. On his return to the United States in 
1875 he entered the field of journalism, becoming 
editor and proprietor of the Benton County 
Democrat, Warsaw, Missouri 

He had a genial nature, readily made friends 
and his talents, versatility and savoir faire were 
quickly recognized by them A man of unusual 
bodily strength — "strong as an ox, agile as a 
cat" — he was easily the best gymnast in college 

In 1880 he settled in Kansas City and 
joined the staff of the City Times, resigning in 
1886 to become secretary of the newly organized 
Kansas City Live Stock Exchange He filled 
this position for thirty-six years and the Ex- 
change owes much of its success to his unrelaxing 

Mr. Woodbury was a knight templar, a 32nd 

degree Scottish rite mason and a shriner. His 

fraternity was Q.T.V. He leaves a widow, one 

daughter, and a brother living in Kansas City. 

Frederick Tuckerman '78 


Charles M. McQueen, who died on March 7 
at Springfield, Mass , was the son of George and 
Georgiana Bliss McQueen, who were West 
African missionaries. He was a resident of 
Longmeadow and leaves a wife, son and grand- 
son. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa 


The 17th Annual High School Day at 

M.A.C. A fine program is all arranged. 

Alumni and alumnae do your bit. Send 

names of interested high school pupils to 

Field Secretary, M.A.C. 


Harry R. Gaventa died at Tampa, Florida, 
September 23, 1925 from pernicious malaria, 
the Alumni Office just recently receiving news 
of his death. He was thirty-two years of age, 
being born at Pedricktown, N. J., on August 9, 

His preliminary schooling was obtained in 
Woodbury, N. J. While at M.A.C, Mr. Gaventa 
majored in Microbiology and after graduation 
was employed as a chemist with the Dupont 
Powder Company and later with the Armour 
Fertilizer Works, Atlanta, Georgia, and Jack- 
sonville, Florida. He was last employed as 
Field Representative of the Gulf Fertilizer 
Company, Tampa, Florida. A wife and three 
sons survive him. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, March 25, 1926 



The team made a splendid record, winning 
twelve out of fourteen games, which is the best 
percentage of wins ever made by an Aggie 
basketball team and is also the best percentage 
of wins turned in by any New England College 
team this season. Our teams during the past 
three seasons have won thirty-four games and 
lost but eight. We were kept from a clean slate 
this year by the slim margin of six points. 

The team demonstrated its strength in the 
last game of the season, that with Tufts. At 
about the middle of the second half, when Jones 
was retired on fouls, the score stood twenty-six 
to five. After that Tufts played better and we 
played worse so that the final score stood thirty- 
three to twenty-one. We were never in danger, 
however. Captain Temple alone scored nineteen 
points which was almost enough to beat Tufts. 
We have now beaten Tufts in basketball for the 
seventh consecutive season. 

This was the last game for Jones, Temple and 
Smiley since they graduate in June. Each has 
played three seasons of varsity basketball and 
has exhibited consistent, good play. We have 
heard that all three are being considered for 
All-New England choice. 


The defeat of Worcester Tech in a dual 
indoor meet was the outstanding event of the 
winter track season. At tnis meet, Sniffen and 
Hall took revenge upon Guidi, the famous 
Worcester Tech football back'who ran seventy- 
five yards for a touchdown in our game last fall. 
They beat him soundly in the quarter mile. 
Tucker established a new indoor high jump 
record for us by clearing the bar at five feet 
eight inches. This ties his outdoor record. 
Dresser, Schappelle, and Hall are three sopho- 
mores who have done exceptionally good work 
in winter track. Dresser won first in the shot- 
put at Worcester. 

The relay team has not been so successful 
having lost its three starts at the Worcester, 
B.A.A., and K. of C. meets. 


Battery and batting practice has been 
going on in the Drill Hall for some time. Again 
baseball prospects are not particularly bright. 
Coach Ball will have six members of last year's 
team as a nucleus. Temple, who played third 
base and left field last year, is trying to break 
into the catcher's position because of the 
absolute vacancy that exists there. Nash, last 
year's pitcher is on deck. McVey at first base; 
Moberg, right field; Richards, center field; and 
Haertl, second base are the other veterans. 
Thompson, Moriarty, Rice, Caponi, White and 
Malley are new candidates for the infield and 
outfield. Davenport and Tufts are trying out 
for the pitching staff. 


Professor J. H. Frandsen has been elected 
Head of the Departments of Dairying and 
Animal Husbandry at M.A.C. and will assume 
his duties here about April 1. Professor Frand- 
sen was reared on an Iowa farm and graduated 
from the Iowa State College from which insti- 
tution he received an M.Sc. degree. Among the 
important positions which he has held may be 
mentioned that of Assistant Chemist, Iowa Ex- 
periment Station; his association with a com- 
mercial dairy at Portland, Oregon; in charge of 
the Dairy Department, University of Idaho; 
Head of the Department of Dairy Husbandry, 
University of Nebraska, 1911 to 1921; an editor 
of the Capper Farm Press, and the editor and 
founder of the Journal of Dairy Science. 

John D. Willard has resigned as Director of 
the Extension Service, to become Director of 
Continuing Education at the Michigan State 
College. Mr. Willard has been Director of the 
Extension Service in Massachusetts since Feb. 
1920, when he succeeded the late William D. 
Hurd. His work has been characterized by a 
consolidation of the service along fundamental 

Miss Helena Goessmann of the M.A.C. 
English Department is in the Dickinson Hospital 
in Northampton to undergo an operation upon 
her eyes. Miss Goessmann has been suffering 
with eye trouble for over a year and expects 
her eyes to be completely restored before summer 
by the operation. 



Two wins, one loss and one no decision in 
four starts is the commendable record hung up 
by the Varsity Debating Team. On February 
25 the University of Maine at Orono succumbed, 
and the next day Colby at Waterville suffered 
a similar fate. The following day in Memorial 
Hall, being well tired from their long journey, 
the team lost to a seasoned Bates group. 

The M.A.C.-Kansas State debate took place 
on the campus March 13 on the question: 
Resolved, That the states should ratify the 
Child Labor Amendment. M.A.C. upheld the 
affirmative side of the controversy and Kansas 
State the negative. This debate was conducted 
on the Oxford Plan, each team using extempo- 
raneous delivery, a plan which is very popular 
in the West. Since no decision was rendered 
under this system the winner cannot be an- 

Eliot P. Dodge '26, of Beverly; Ralph W. 
Haskins '27, of Greenfield; and Herman E. 
Pickens '27, of Stoneham, comprised the group 
of Aggie forensic artists in the Maine, Colby 
and Bates contests, while the two latter members 
alone opposed Kansas State. 

Miss Bertha Knight, formerly clothing 
specialist of the Maryland Extension Service, 
has joined the extension staff at M.A.C. in the 
same capacity. Miss Knight is a graduate of 
the University of Chicago, and did extension 
work in Iowa before coming to Maryland. Her 
predecessor, Miss Marion Tucker, resigned 
February 1, to do graduate work in Home 
Economics at Columbia University. 


At a recent meeting of the Joint Committee 
on Intercollegiate Athletics it was voted that it 
be recommended to the Varsity Club that in 
the future a student who has earned the right 
to receive the traditional insignia be given the 
option of taking a sweater or a varsity club 
charm, the form and design to be determined and 
such charm to be recognized as the official badge 
of the Varsity Club. It was also voted that it 
is the sense of this committee, that following the 
adoption of this plan for the award of varsity 
charms, the custom of making special awards to 
outstanding teams or individuals should be dis- 

This suggestion was made to the committee 
by Stan Freeborn '14, who is familiar with a 
similar system in vogue at the University of 
California. Other colleges and universities, such 
as Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Cornell, have 
had favorable experience with this sort of award. 
The charm is much treasured by those who win 
it and it serves as an admission to special 
privileges at varsity games and varsity club 

The committee will be glad to have your 
comment upon the proposal. 


That the Department of Floriculture has 
approximately twenty thousand square feet of 
land under glass. 

That 53$ of the students who have gradu- 
ated from the four year course in floriculture in 
the past six years are engaged in floriculture 
work or in work closely related to floriculture.. 

That of the remaining 47%, 2\% are young 
women who have married since graduation. 

That on November 12 a delegation of over 
forty members of the Boston Gardeners' and 
Florists' Club visited the department. 

That the Boston Gardeners' and Florists' 
Club is co-operating again with the department 
in giving a special ten weeks course for florists. 

That from September 1924 through May 
1925, 13,678 roses were cut from 619 plants in 
a greenhouse 25' x 50', an average of 22 flowers 
per plant. 

That the firm of Baur-Steinkamp & Co. 
has offered to donate a silver cup as an award to 
the winner of an intercollegiate carnation 
judging contest to be held in connection with 
the 1927 exhibition of the American Carnation 


The 1927 Index will be available for distri- 
bution about May 15, and will contain material, 
including a review of Aggie Athletics, a Who's 
Who Among the Alumni, a list of Occupations 
of Alumni, and discourses on the Popularity of 
Major Courses at M.A.C, making it especially 
interesting to alumni. 

Subscriptions will be $3.00. Send orders and 
make checks payable to Roger M. Cobb '27, 
15 Hallock St., Amherst, Mass. 


A two hundred mile motor tour, four concerts 
in three days, February 25, 26, and 27, rain, 
snow, ice and traffic jams made the eastern 
Massachusetts trip interesting for the thirty- 
five members of the Musical Clubs. 

In Rutland, at the U. S. Veterans' Hospital, 
under the auspices of the American Red Cross; 
in Holden, through the efforts of the American 
Legion; in Stow, sponsored by a group of loyal 
alumni and in Auburndale, under the auspices 
of the Auburndale Club, the Musical Clubs left 
the imprint of success. In no instance was there 
a poor attendance and in Auburndale over three 
hundred people enjoyed the program, and the 
Clubs were well received. 

The usual program was conducted at each 
stop, except at Rutland, after which dancing 
was in order for the evening. At Rutland the 
concert was conducted in the afternoon of 
February 25, hence no dance followed the 
program at that place. Many alumni attended 
the concerts at the several places and reminisced 
regarding their college days. 

As a post-climax to the eastern Massachu- 
setts trip, and a finale for the season, a Joint 
Concert of the Girls' Glee Club and the Men's 
Musical Clubs took place in Bowker Auditorium, 
on March 13. A large and appreciative audience 
was on hand for this concert and seemed to enjoy 
the comparable attractions offered by the two 
groups. Miss Evelyn Davis '26 of Springfield, 
led the Girls' Glee Club, and Roy E. Norcross 
'26 of Brimfield, directed the Men's Club. 




What sort of a party do you want this year 
at Commencement, June 11-14? Do you re- 
member our "Football Jamboree" of last June? 
What shall it be this time? 

For the first time in seven years, M.A.C. 
was host to the delegates of the Annual Student 
Volunteer Conference of Connecticut Valley 
Colleges. Eighteen educational institutions sent 
delegates making a total registration of 184 
young men and women. 

M.A.C. not only had the honor of being the 
host to a fine body of young men and women, 
but of having furnished in the person of Frank 
Tucker '22, of Arlington, Mass., the president 
of the Conference. Mr. Tucker is now studying 
at Hartford Theological Seminary, and plans to 
go to Africa next year as a missionary. 

One very pleasing feature of the Memorial 
Building has been the numerous collections of 
painting, drawings, etc., which are displayed 
there from time to time. Recently there was an 
interesting collection of original newspaper 
drawings on exhibition. Prof. Frank A. Waugh 
is largely responsible for securing the collections. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, March 25, 1926 


w'86 J. K. Barker writes that his new 
address is R.F.D. 1, Chester, Mass. 

'92 George B. Willard, Deputy State 
Treasurer of Massachusetts, is President of the 
new Commonwealth Service Association, an 
organization of the employees of the State of 

'10 Roger S. Eddy in addition to his 
insurance business, is manager of the Home 
Builders Mortgage Corporation, 288 Main St., 
Springfield, Mass. 

'12 Edward H. Bodfish is a registered Civil 
Engineer with the Lake Sebring Development, 
his address is 29 East Center Ave., Sebring, Fla. 
'14 Frederick W. Read and wife were 
recent visitors on the campus. Mr. Read is in 
charge of the Field Department work of the 
California Fruit Exchange. He is also the 
owner of a fruit ranch at Newcastle, Cal. 

'15 E. E. Stanford is professor of pharma- 
cognosy and head of the department at Western 
Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He re- 
ceived the Ph.D. degree from Harvard in June 
1924, after a one years leave of absence from 
Western Reserve. 

'15 Dr. Vincent Sauchelli is editor of the 
section "Affairs in the Far East" of the new 
monthly magazine Justice published at Spring- 
field, Mass. 

'16 Homer C. Darling visited the college 
and witnessed the defeat of New Hampshire 
University quintet. He is sales manager for the 
Del-Bay Farms, Bridgeton,. N. J. During his 
visit he gave the football squad the benefit of 
some of his past experience on the gridiron. 

'16 Francis M. Andrews, Jr., who is now 
located with the Perkins Institute for the blind 
at Watertown, Mass., writes as follows: "I 
came here in October from Bridgewater, Mass. 
My work is that of Principal of the Boys' 
Upper School of the Institution." 

'15 Earle S. Draper of Charlotte, N. C, 
has prepared plans for the development of an 
all-the-year resort at Chimney Rock, North 
Carolina, and for a 6000 acre township at Port 
St. Joe, Florida, for the St. Louis railroad. 

'16 Linus H. Jones is back on the campus 
for a time making a special investigation of 

'18 F. B. Sampson is Assistant Manager 
with the W. T. Grant Stores. His address is 
c-o W. T. Grant Co., 455 Seventh Ave., New 
York City. 

'19 L. H. Patch has received a leave of 
absence from the U.S.D.A. where he was en- 
gaged in entomological work and has returned 
to the college to take up graduate work during 
the winter term. He will return to the work 
with the U.S.D.A. about April first. 

'20 George Campbell writes of meeting 
the following Aggie men in Florida: 

G. W. Hanscomb '25, Box 502, Ortega, 
Fla. is a landscape engineer for a real estate 
development here called "Venetia". 

William Slowen '25, 1239 Liberty St., 
Jacksonville, Fla., is also doing landscape work 

V. D. Callanan '19, is a selling agent for 
the Federated Fruit & Vegetable Growers, Inc., 
and is temporarily assigned to the marketing of 
Florida vegetables in the vicinity of Bradenton, 
Fla. He can be reached care of the Manatee 
County Growers Association, Bradenton, Fla. 

Jim Hubbard w'23 is a desk clerk at the 
Arcade Hotel at Bradenton, Fla. 

'21 Edward B. Newton writes that he is 
now working in the Albany Distributing Plant 
of the Standard Oil Co. of New York. He 
advises that he was married to Miss Alma 
Holley on September 5, 1925. His address is 
62 Dana Ave., Albany, N. Y. 

'22 Kenneth A. Barnard was an instructor 
in the Animal Husbandry Department during 
the Ten-Weeks Winter School. 

'22 Philip H. Haskins has left the employ 
of E. S. Draper '15 at Charlotte, N. C, and has 
been elected president and general manager of 
the Hotel Realty Corporation in western North 


(Continued from Page i) 

He is the author of "Complete Garden' 
and of "Landscape Construction Notes", and 
other publications dealing with the subject, 
Landscape Architecture. 

While at M.A.C., Mr. Taylor was promi- 
nent in athletics and academic activities, in- 
cluding basketball, Index Board, and the 
College Shakespearian Club. He was elected 
to Phi Kappa Phi and his fraternity is Alpha 
Sigma Phi. 

In connection with Mr. Taylor's present 
undertaking at the Oregon State Agricultural 
College, it is interesting to note that considerable 
landscape work already accomplished on the 
campus of that institution may be credited to 
the efforts of Arthur L. Peck, M.A.C. '04. 

Mr. Taylor is married and owns an attrac- 
tive home on Overlook Road, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Much gratitude for considerable of the 
data included in this article is due Mr. P. H. 
Elwood, Jr., Professor of Landscape Architec- 
ture at Iowa State College, who was intimately- 
associated with Mr. Taylor at Ohio State 


J. Anderson. 
Mass. Agr. 

Sugar Beet Soil 
and "Fertilizing 
Facts A bout 

'83 & FG J. B. Lindsey and J. G. Archi- 
bald. "The Value of Calcium Phosphate as a 
Supplement to the Ration of Dairy Cows." 
Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. XXXI, 
No. 8. 

■'03 A. V. Osmun with P. 
"The Smut Disease of Onions." 
Exp. Sta. Bui. 221, December 1924, 

'03 & '15 - W. L. Doran and A. Y. Osmun 
"Combatting Apple Scab." Mass. Agr. Exp 
Sta. Bui. 219. January 1924. 

w'06 Stanley F. Morse 
Improvement in the West.' 
Beets in Michigan and Ohio. 
Sugar, January 1926. 

'12 R. E. Torrey. "Introductorv Botany." 
Text for use at M. A. C. 1925. 

'13 O. G. Anderson. "Recent Progress in 
Spray Equipment." The American Fruit Grower, 
February 1926. 

'15 E. E. Stanford. "Inflorescence and 
Flower-form in Polygonum." Rhodora 27. 
March 1925; "Possibilities of Hybridism in 
Polygonum." Rhodora 27. May 1925; and 
"Amphibious Polygonums of Subgenus Persi- 
caria." Rhodora 27. June, July, August 1925. 

'15 W. L. Doran. "Experiments on the 
Control of Apple Scab and Black Rot and Spray 
Injury in 1924." Mass. Agr. Exp. Sta. Bui. 222, 
March 1925. 

Carolina, which company has a considerable 
area of land just opening for development. 

'22 Stan Freeman, who is with the Exten- 
sion Service, Brockton, Mass., is planning to 
bring a bus load of high school students to 
M.A.C. for High School Day, May 1st. Stan is 
active in boys' club work in Plymouth County. 

'23 E. W. Burke is now with the Brownie 
Corporation, 1780 Broadway, New York City, 
patent holders of a new chocolate milk drink. 

'23 Clifton F. Giles has given up the life 
of a farmer for that of a life insurance agent. 
His home address still remains South Sudbury, 

'23 Frederick A. Hollis writes that he is 
now in the insurance business in Boston. 

w'25 Florencio Icaza is now Professor of 
Natural Sciences at the Normal School for 
young women in Panama City. He is also in 
the cattle business. Mail will reach him at 
Ave. Norte. No. 6 Panama, Republic of Panama. 

w'26 D. O. Fish has moved from Miami, 
Florida, to Charlotte, N. C, where he is taking 
up work, mainly in golf course construction 
with E. S. Draper '15, Landscape Architect. 

'19 Herbert Bond, Dover, Mass., is 
grooming a vounger brother for matriculation at 
M.A.C. next fall. 


(Continued from Page i) 
from the crosswalk south to the campus en- 
trance. Also a row of Sugar Maple (Acer 
saccharum) on the west side of Stockbridge 
Road, south from Clark Hall to Mr. Broadfoot's 
house. Also four trees of Black Walnut (Juglans 
nigra) on the north side of the short crossroad 
north of Mr. Broadfoot's house. Set in 1882. 

1884. No record secured. 

1885. Species not known. "We planted a 
tree to the northeast of the Drill Hall, as I 
remember, but when it was looked for several 
years ago, at the time a number of us were back, 
it had disappeared and we could find no ex- 
planation of it." 

1886. Scotch Elm ( Ulmus glabra). A tree 
near the rim of the south bankof the Ravine, 
about eight-five feet from Olmsted Drive. A 
marker was placed by the tree in 1924. 

1887. A miscellaneous collection of a 
"dozen or more" trees planted, under the 
direction of Professor Maynard, as a part of 
his arboretum, in the Dingle. 

1888. Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra). 
Planted southeast of the Chapel-Library, near 
the forks of the road, but has been removed 
and now stands about forty feet south of the 
south entrance to Memorial Hall. 

1889. Elm ( Ulmus sp.). "Planted between 
North College and the old Chemical Laboratory, 
a little southwest of the latter." Not located — 
apparently gone. 

1890. Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japoni- 
cum). Two trees between North and South 
Colleges, on either side of the road. Also 
Norway Spruce (Picea excelsa). Marker is by 
this tree, which is the first of a row of trees 
corner of South College. The rest of the trees 
are Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). 

1891. No record secured. 

1892. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). 
Marker at first tree south of the diagonal 
walk leading up to the southeast corner of 
South College. 

1893. Black Walnut (Juglans nigra). Tree 
about sixty feet northwest of the northwest 
corner of North College. Marker placed in 
1924. In a triangular plot of land northwest 
of North College is a miscellaneous collection 
of trees. At the southeast corner of this plant- 
ing is a stone marker. 

1894. Black Walnut (Juglans nigra). About 
twenty-five feet south of the southwest corner of 
South College. 

1895. Silver Maple (Acer dasycarpum). 
About fifty feet north of North College. 

1896. Elm ( Ulmus sp.). About sixty feet, 
north of the northwest corner of the Chapel- 
Library. It is not a vigorous tree and its trunk 
is only six inches in diameter at shoulder height. 
Possibly a later planting. 

1897. Camperdown Elm ( Ulmus glabra 
camperdowni). Thirty feet north of the north- 
east corner of the Chapel-Library. 

1898. Black Oak (Quercus velutina). Fifty 
feet south of North College. 

1899. Japan Elm ( Ulmus japonica). Large 
tree thirty feet southeast of the southeast 
corner of South College, near the baseball 
biickstoD * 

1900. Red Oak (Quercus rubra). Thirty- 
five feet north of the northwest corner of the 
Drill Hall. 

1901. Sakhalin Corktree (Phellodendron 
sachalinense) . Sixty feet northeast of the 
Veterinary Laboratory. 

1902. Mossycup Oak (Quercus macrocarpa). 
Fifty feet northeast of Memorial Hall. 

1903. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris). 
Draper Hall. 

1904. White Oak (Quercus alba). 
feet southeast of the Chapel-Library. 

1905. Tupelo ( Nyssa sylvatica). 
the Chapel-Library and Memorial Hall. 

1906. Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripe- 
tala). In a small triangular plot of lawn north- 
east of South College. 

East of 



"Professor of Horticulture. (To be continued) 



Vol. VII. Re Gu r a ran t S eed ge Amherst, Massachusetts, April 26, 1926 Ente ^ t „^ ci^ h ^ 8 t^ ass - No. 9 



The Massachusetts Agricultural College, 
from its very beginning, sought to do something 
more than to teach young men in the humani- 
ties, sciences and in the technique of agriculture. 
Its teachers recognized that if the newly created 
land grant college was to progress, and be a 
dynamic factor in uplifting the agriculture of 
the state and nation, new knowledge must be 
discovered and applied. 

This College was particularly fortunate in 
having upon its staff two men, namely, William 
S. Clark, its first active president, and Charles 
A. Goessmann, both of whom had received their 
education at a German University when the 
spirit for inquiry was very pronounced. 
Colonel William S. Clark 

Colonel Clark was a very remarkable man. 
He was the great organizer of the college, the 
man who conceived and put into workable form 
the plan of agricultural education to be de- 
veloped, and who gave the institution its initial 
push which carried it over the many adverse 
conditions it was bound to encounter. 

President Clark, trained as a chemist, in 
company with David Penhallow and other 
assistants, made a study of the flow of sap, 
particularly in the sugar maple, as well as the 
growth, root development and expansive force 
of the squash, which attracted great local as 
well as country-wide attention. He found, 
among other things, that the total root length 
of the sugar maple including all sub-divisions, 
was fully 80,000, feet of which 50,000 feet was 
produced at the rate of 1,000 or more feet per 
day, and that its greatest expansive force 
actually lifted a weight of 5,000 pounds. The 
results of this and other studies at the college 
led Louis Agassiz to say, "from this day forward 
the agricultural college at Amherst has its place 
among scientific institutions, if it had not 
before; for only those institutions have a place 
in the scientific world which do something and 
this is something extraordinary; it is a revelation 
to physiologists. Let me say that those who 
have not thought that the agricultural college 
was doing anything worth the expense, that the 
production of this one paper has amply paid 
for every dollar which the state has thus far 
bestowed on the institution." 

Levi Stockbridge 

The name of Stockbridge a quarter of a 
century ago was known to every farmer in 
Massachusetts as well as to many the country 
through. He was the first professor of agricul- 
ture at the college and, in addition to his work 
of instructor, carried on numerous scientific 
inquiries. With the aid and advice of Goess- 
mann, he studied the manurial requirements of 
plants and the use of different forms of nitrogen, 
phosphoric acid potash in satisfying those re- 
quirements. His idea was to supply to the soil, 
within reasonable limits, these ingredients in 
the proportions removed by different crops and 
the results of this investigation led him to 
promulgate the well-known Stockbridge formu- 
las. While later studies have led to a consider- 
able modification of his original ideas, it can be 
said that his investigations were original and 
fully abreast, or even in advance, of the thought 
(Continued on Page 4, col. 1) 



1916 needs a reunion. Ten years is too 
long for some members of the class to go 
without rubbing elbows with one another. 

Place — Besse Mills Store, Holyoke. 

Time— July 1925. 

A man in quest of a shirt enters the 
store, approaches the counter, looks over 
the offerings with true masculine expert- 
ness, picks out one and hands it to clerk. 
Clerk proceeds to wrap up the shirt while 
the customer stares at him and rubs his 
chin (own, not clerk's) in a perplexed 
manner. The clerk feels someone staring 
at him, and stares back; starts to say 
something; shuts up; starts to say some- 
thing else, when customer can hold in 
no longer. 

"You never went to Aggie, did you?" 


"Well, (suspiciously) did you graduate!" 

"Yes, 1916." 

"So? Same here. How did you do it?" 
(Business of much hand shaking, etc.) 

Now when two distinguished charac- 
ters such as Swan and Mahan can't 
recognize one another, well — there is only 
one way to find out who has the mous- 
taches, bald heads, gray hairs, extended 
girths, Packards, pretty wives, etc., and 
that is to get back to the Big 10th. 

Will Unfold Mysteries 

A lot of mysteries will be unfolded at 
that time. The class as a whole, knows 
very little about one another. It has been 
too busy smashing through the world with 
the same snap it had in college. Some 
progress has been made. Among others 
the class now boasts of at least . 3 doctors, 

1 president of 3 coal companies; 3 Florida 
realtors; 1 man with 5 children; 1 winner 
of Distinguished Service Cross; 6 farmers; 

2 entomologists who have been able to 
earn a living; 2 married co-eds; 1 gentle- 
man of leisure; 2 college professors; 1 
town clerk; 1 nationally known extension 
man; 2 crack-a-jack school administra- 
tors; 2 milkmen; 1 or 2 insurance men and 
a couple of Democrats. 

The reunion committee will pay the 
fare to Amherst for any '16 man who can 
accurately name the above. But all these 
secrets and many more will be on file at 
Headquarters next June. 

Oh yes! You remember the "Old Chem" 
Building that we all wanted to see burn, 
yet never really expected to? Well, as 
usual, '16 had a representative on deck 
the morning it did burn, who made some 
observations that have made it possible 
for each man to have a tidy souvenir 
next June, made direct from the "Old 
Chem" Lab. Just one of the many in- 
teresting details of the Big 10th. 

Save your carfare now. Be there. 

Charles H. Gould 
President, Class of '16 


Ralph J. Watts '07, Secretary of the College 
since 1908, leaves on July first to accept the 
responsible position of Business Manager of 
Lawrence College at Appleton, Wisconsin. 
Probably no alumnus is known to so many 
M.A.C. men as "Shimmie", and no one doubts 
his earnest reciprocation of these hundreds of 
friendships. In fact Louis Lyons '18 said, in 
the Boston Globe, that he knows by name every 
graduate of the college since 1907. 

As President Butterfield's assistant, Mr. 
Watts has had a hand in the development of 
the college through its period of greatest growth. 
Not only has he contributed to the solution of 
many of the administrative problems of the 
College but his advice and service have been of 
great aid in the development of our strong 
alumni organization. He was treasurer of the 
local chapter of Phi Kappa Phi from 1909 to 
1922. For two years he was secretary-treasurer 
of the Association of Business Managers of New 
England Colleges. During the past year he has 
acted as business adviser to the student managers 
of academic activities at the college. 

He has been an active member and officer 
of Phi Sigma Kappa having served the local 
chapter as treasurer and trustee of the house 
corporation since 1912. He was chapter adviser 
from 1914 to 1924. He has been secretary- 
treasurer of the national organization since 1923. 
In this capacity he has been largely responsible 
for the business administration of this organiza- 
tion of over 8000 members and 41 chapters in 
as many colleges and universities throughout 
the United States. 

Lawrence College, to which he is going, is 
an endowed classical college of about one 
thousand students. Its president is Dr. Henry 
M. Wriston of Wesley an who was called to its 
service last year. The College was founded in 
1847 and has developed since then an honorable 
reputation and dignified tradition. Appleton, a 
pleasant city of twenty-one thousand, has 
grown around the college. The institution is 
undenominational and is controlled by a board 
of trustees. We think that Mr. Watts' most 
significant statement concerning his new affilia- 
tion is to the effect that it is under a "Christian 

The best wishes of many alumni and friends 
go with him to his new home and greater re- 

The resignation of Ralph J. Watts '07, as 
Secretary of the College, calls forth needed 
comment from the editorial pen. The resigna- 
tion, in itself a severe blow to the College, is the 
sixth of its kind among the executives of the 
institution within a relatively short period of 

President Kenyon L. Butterfield, Director 
John Phelan, Professor Henry F. Judkins, and 
R. A. Mellen, have already gone. Director 
John D. Willard and Secretary Watts are the 
next to go. The questions among the alumni 
are — Who will it be next? What is causing this 
wholesale exodus from the college staff? 

Administrative conditions at the college need 
immediate attention. The College bill will 
reach the Senate by the time this issue is released. 

Alumni, this is your problem. Put some of 
these facts up to the state legislators from your 
districts. — Editor. 

2 The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, April 





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Commencement plans for June 11-14 are 
already underway among the alumni. The 
Classes of '86 and '16, which will celebrate their 

Subscription Ppice ,- , editorial committee 

$1 00 uer vear rf&—^-£<^. William L. Doran '15, Chairman 

. , , , . ' , '. , , r v / i> >\ Roland H. Verbeck 'OS 

Included in the $2.00 dues of /wMf'TI&.Y'l Robert D. Hawley '18 
mpmhprs nf the Associate WSIIVlVW m Tm Morton H. Cassidy '20 
members ot tne Associate \ARyUW J 3 Belding F. Jackson '22 
Alumni k^VsSy.X'^ L - B - Arrington '23 
_ j , », v i- ^mSbslpgr'Gjm Miss Mary Foley '24 
Entered as second class matter, March 1«. ^>££«ST^^- Ernest S. Russell '16 ex officio 
1B20, at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass.. ■ -- William 1. Goodwin '18 ex officio 
■nder the Acts of March 3, 1879. 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, M. A. C, Amherst, Mass. 


40th and 10th reunions, respectively, this year, 
have already made reservations for class head- 

1926 Commencement Program 
Friday, June 11 — Undergraduate Day 

2.30 p. m. Freshman-Sophomore Baseball 

7.00 p. m. Class Sing 
8.00 p. m. Flint Oratorical Contest, 
Memorial Hall 
Saturday, June 12 — Alumni Day 

8.30 a. m. Baseball Game — Odds vs. Evens 
10.00 a. m. Alumni meeting in Memorial Hall 



The Executive Committee of the Board of 
Directors, President Ernest S. Russell presiding, 
met on March 26 and conducted the following 

1. Approved the monthly budget report. 
This report gave receipts to March 26 of $2656.15 
expenditures, $2523.53. A study of the report 
indicated that $343.85 would be needed to com- 
plete the fiscal year, which ends May 31. There 
seemed no way to reduce the expense, except to 
do without office clerical help. This was done. 
The Alumni Office now has no regularly paid 
clerk on duty. 

2. Commencement plans were discussed and 
it was the opinion of the committee that particu- 
lar emphasis should be given class rather than 
fraternity reunions among the alumni at the 
June festivities. 

3. It was voted that the Class Fund Plan, 
as approved at the Mid-Winter Meeting, be 
presented to the Acting-President of the College 
and to all classes, both graduate and under- 
graduate, for their final consideration. 

4. The Secretary was directed to confer 
with the proper authorities regarding endow- 
ments for the College. 

5. It was voted to send out the usual annual 
dues letter about May 1, including ballots for 
the election of new directors of the association. 

6. It was voted that the College Staff, not 
already subscribing for the Alumni Bulletin, be 
offered the opportunity to do so at the usual 

7. Harold Aiken '16 was appointed Marshall 
of the Alumni Day Parade. 

8. It was voted that Secretary Sumner R. 
Parker be sent as delegate of the Association to 
the Annual Conference of the Alumni Secre- 
taries, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 
April 15, 16, 17. 

9. Several Memorial Building pledges were 
considered and action taken regarding them in 
accordance with the authority vested in the 
Committee. The institution of several suits for 
recovery were authorized. 


Edward Rawson Flint, Ph.D., M.D., LL.D., 
died in Washington, D. C, March 23, after a 
brief illness. 

Mr. Flint was born in Boston, September 8, 
1864. His father was Hon. Charles L. Flint, for 
nearly thirty years Secretary of the State Board 
of Agriculture, a member of the Board of 
Trustees of the College for twenty-two years, 
and President of the institution for a short 
time. Flint entered with the class of '85, dropped 
out for a couple of years during the course, and 
graduated with '87. After serving about three 
years as Assistant Chemist in the Experiment 
Station, he went to Germany for study, receiving 
his doctor's degree from the University of 
Gottingen in 1892. Returning, he spent several 
years at the College as Assistant Professor of 
Chemistry, but left in 1898 to take up the study 
of medicine at Harvard. Graduating in the 
medical course in 1902, he engaged in practice 
for a time, was Acting Assistant Surgeon in 
Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1904, and in that year 
accepted the Professorship of Chemistry in the 
University of Florida, also serving as University 

Flint was a highly successful teacher, beloved 
of his pupils, a companion as well as a teacher, 

12.00 m. Alumni Dinner, Draper Hall 
1.30 p. m. Band Concert and Alumni 

3.00 p. m. Alumni Parade 
3.30 p. m. Varsity baseball game, M.A.C. vs. 

6.00 p. m. Fraternity Reunions 
8.30 p. m. Dramatics, Bowker Auditorium 
Sunday, June 13 — Baccalaureate Sunday 
9.00 a. m. Academics and Varsity Clubs 
1916-Faculty Breakfast 
3.30 p. m. Baccalaureate Address, Bowker 

5.00 p. m. President's Reception, Rhododen- 
dron Garden 
Monday, June 14 — Class Day 
9.00 a. m. Cavalry Drill 
10.30 a. m. Senior Class Day Exercises 
2.00 p. m. Commencement Exercises, 

Bowker Auditorium 
8.30 p. m. Sophomore-Senior Hop, Memorial 
Alumni class reunions will be held by individual 
class arrangement. 

Schedule of Reunions 1926-1945 

Reunion Year 
















and gave himself unsparingly to them. The high 






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regard of the University of Florida was evi- 
denced by the LL.D. degree conferred upon 





















him after he left. 







In 1917 he entered the employ of the Office of 
Experiment Stations in the U. S. Department 













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of Agriculture, as Scientific and Administrative 






Assistant, which position he occupied until his 
death. His duties brought him into close rela- 



















tions with the agricultural experiment stations 







throughout the country, among whom he 
developed a wide circle of friends. 



















Flint was a man of liberal culture, broad 





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interests, and a great lover of nature. His 
tastes were simple, he found pleasure in common 


















things, he took life as it came, made the best of 






everything, and outwardly was always happy 
and cheerful. He was a lovable character, loyal 








Royce B. Crimmin succumbed to an attack 
of heart failure on the streets of Laconia, N. H., 
February 15. He was thirty years of age and a 
native of Bradford, Mass. He attended the 
public schools of Haverhill, Mass., before enter- 
ing M.A.C. and will be remembered as a hard 
working, conscientious student. He was a com- 
missioned officer in the Air Service during the 
World War, serving from January 8, 1918 to 
May 29, 1919. After the War he resumed his 
studies at the Kansas State Agricultural College 
receiving his B.Sc. degree from that institution 
in 1922. He was last employed as a machinist 
at Laconia, N. H. A wife and one child survive 
him. His fraternity was Lambda Chi Alpha. 












to the College and deeply interested in its affairs. 














Club of Washington, and was a regular atten- 













dant on its gatherings. In college he was a 






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member of Q.T.V. fraternity. 

Dr.E. W. Allen '85 
















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Washington Club Feels Loss 











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On April 1, the M.A.C. Club of Washington, 







D. C, held a iuncheon postponed from the pre- 
vious week owing to the death of Dr. E. R. 



















Flint 87. At this time a resolution in memory 







of Dr. Flint, including an expression of sym- 
pathy to the members of the family who survive 
him, was adopted and spread upon the records 



















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of the Club. 








Following this Dr. E. W. Allen '85 spoke 
informally concerning the lovable nature and 

'14 A daughter, Cynthia Anne, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Stuart B. Foster, January 24,' 1926. 

'IS A son, John A. Chapman, Jr., to Mr. 
and Mrs. John A. Chapman, April 8, 1926. 
Weight 8 pounds. 

'20 A son, Alan Franklin, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Brooks F. Jakeman, March 29, 1926. This is 
the second future "Aggie" football prospect in the 
Jakeman family. 





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the outstanding characteristics of Dr. Flint as 
























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'83 A son Charles Edward III to Mr and 









Mrs. Charles E. Goodhue, Jr., January 12, 1926. 













He is a grandson to Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Lindsey. 



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The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, April 26, 1926 


There are other things to which a young 
man's fancy may turn in the spring and not the 
least of these is athletics. One hundred eighty 
men are out for varsity and freshman sports, to 
say nothing of the many more who are partici- 
pating in interfraternity athletics. Campus is a 
busy place these days with baseball, track and 
football constituting a three ring circus. 


Coach Ball has been handling a squad of 
thirty-two men of whom he says he has yet to 
see any outstanding baseball ability. The back- 
ward season has handicapped the team greatly; 
not allowing them to get out doors at all until 
just a week before the first game with Williams. 
Through the courtesy of Amherst's coach, 
"Em" Grayson '17, the squad had the use for a 
week of the remarkable cage with which the 
other college is equipped. This was during 
Amherst's vacation period. 


Track continues to be a popular sport. There 
are forty men out for the varsity and thirty 
are on the freshman squad. Coach Derby is 
building upon the nucleus of five letter men: 
Captain SnifTen in the sprints, Tucker in the 
high jump, G. T. Thompson in the hurdles and 
broad jump, Thurlow in the weights, and Clagg 
in the two mile. Then he has three men who 
won letters in winter relay and who show promise 
of greatly strengthening the squad. They are 
Hall, quarter mile; Schappelle, half mile; and 
Henneberry, mile. The prospects are bright. 
The schedule follows: 
April 24— Tufts at M.A.C. 
May 1 — Middlebury at Middlebury 
8 — Norwich at Northfield 
15 — Eastern Intercollegiates at 
21-22 — New England Intercollegiates at 
29— New Hampshire at M.A.C. 


Spring football is no longer a new thing at 
"Aggie,' - or elsewhere; but five complete teams on 
the field two days each week is rather remark- 
able for us. Such is the case, though, and it 
promises a stronger team next fall. As we have 
remarked, next fall's team will be a green team 
for we are losing most of last fall's regulars by 
graduation in June. This spring training is, 
therefore, all the more important. Six regular 
games will be played this spring between differ- 
ent divisions of the squad. Senior letter men and 
alumni are helping out mightily with the 

The Three Basketeers 

Temple, Jones and Smiley have been the 
bulwarks of our basketball team for three 
seasons and now they graduate. At a basket- 
ball banquet the other night, they were much 
toasted. They have participated in 34 victories 
and only 8 losses during their three years of 
varsity basketball. Temple was recently selec- 
ted as all-eastern forward by the Syracuse Post- 
Standard, Jones was named center on the second 
team, and Smiley given honorable mention. The 
Springfield Union put Temple and Jones on the 
all-western New England first five. 

These boys have made a great record for 
"Aggie" and we are proud of them. 


"Kid" Gore '13 as President and "Red" Ball 
'21 as Secretary are running the Western 
Massachusetts Basketball Officials Board. They 
conducted an Interscholastic Basketball Tourna- 
ment at the Springfield College. 

Camp Enajerog on the shores of Lake 
Raponda at Wilmington, Vermont is an "Aggie" 
institution. "Kid" Gore '13 and Jane Pollard 
Gore '22 conduct there a boys' camp. They 
will be assisted this year by Ball '21, Duffy '25, 
McGeoch '25, Walker '29 and probably others. 


Miss Helena Goessmann, who has undergone 
an operation for cataract of the right eye, is 
reported as resting comfortably in the Dickinson 
Hospital, Northampton. The operation was 
successful in every way, and she hopes to be 
able to use her eyes before summer. 

The Dairy Department, in addition to losing 
Professor Henry F. Judkins, who recently re 
signed, is to lose two other members of its staff. 
Mr. T. G. Yaxis, of the Dairy Department, 
resigned April 1, 1926 to take charge of a com- 
mercial ice cream plant in Nashville, Tennessee. 
Harlow Pendleton, M.A.C. '15, has also resigned 
to become manager of a creamery in Lynn, 

A reorganization of the Dairy Department 
will probably be undertaken by Professor 
Frandsen who has arrived in Amherst to under- 
take his duties as head of both the Animal 
Husbandry and Dairy Departments. 

"Dick" Smith, M.A.C. '21, who has been on 
leave of absence for the past year, studying at 
the University of Illinois, will return to "Aggie" 
in September as Assistant Professor in the 
Dairy Department. 

R. W. Redman, Assistant Director of the 
Extension Service at M.A.C, is conducting a 
course in Rural Sociology at Simmons College 
during the spring term. This course has former- 
ly been given by Director John D. Willard. 
Inasmuch as Director Willard is teaching Rural 
Sociology at M.A.C. this term, Mr. Redman 
undertook the Simmons course. 

George Raleigh, instructor in Pomology at 
M.A.C. resigned March 15, 1926, to continue 
studying for his doctorate at the University of 
Chicago. He is doing his major work in plant 
pathology with Dr. Schull. 

Major N. Butler Briscoe, Head of the De- 
partment of Military Science, is supervising 
weekly riding classes for the M.A.C. faculty 
and staff members this spring . 

Samuel T. Dana, Director of the North- 
eastern Forest Experiment Station at M.A.C, 
has been designated as the official representative 
of the U.S.D.A. to the World's Forestry Congress 
in Rome from April 29 to May 5. He sailed from 
New York, April 7 on the President Harding, 
U. S. Lines. 


1926 Prom 

Roister Doisters 

The first presentation of the 
Show, "She Stoops to Conquer," was 
the Deerfield Town Hall, April 10. This presen- 
tation, given as it was in modern costume, 
justified Basil Sydney's contentions. It is a 
distinct credit to the cast and coach. On this 
trip, the Roister Doisters were guests of Deer- 
field Academy. In addition to this and the Prom 
Show production, the play was presented in 
Sunderland, under the auspices of the Sunder- 
land Dramatic Club, April 23. On April 26 the 
cast will appear at Northfield Seminary, North- 
field, Mass. 

Musical Clubs 
The Musical Clubs will give what will 
probably be its final concert of the year during 
the evening of High School Day, May 1, at 
Stockbridge Hall. Later, on May 14, the Clubs 
will have their annual dance which was post- 
poned from an earlier date because of the 
influenza epidemic. 

Alumni Awards 
The Academic Activities Board met April 12. 
Its principal action was to authorize the award- 
ing of honorary medals to alumni and faculty 
who have been particularly helpful in the 
academic activities field. 

It was also the vote of the Board that the 
Girls' Glee Club shall hereafter be recognized a 
regular campus activity and placed on an equal 
footing with the College Glee Club. The Girls' 
Glee Club has been very active this season, 
having conducted seven concerts in addition to 
the joint concert given on the campus. The 
concluding concert of the season comes May 7, 
in Cummington. 

Many members of the Club are taking parts 
in the "Pirates of Penzance." This operetta will 
be presented in College Hall, Amherst, April 30 
and May 1, under the auspices of the local 
dramatic club. 

Junior Prom a Success 


That there are 2000 hens and pullets in both 
the College and Experiment Station poultry 

That the flocks are laying, at the present 
time, about 58$ and 68$ respectively. 

That our Experiment Station flock made a 
high production record for all time from Septem- 
ber 1, 1925 to January 31, 1926. 

That the mortality record in our Experiment 
Station flock the past fall and winter was ex- 
tremely low — 2.7% 

That the livability of the College chicks this 
year is extremely high. The average mortality 
in flocks including those brooded by two-year 
students was less than 4% 

That we have a larger number of students 
enrolled in our Poultry Courses this year, the 
combined two and four year senior enrollment 
being 15; while there are 25 juniors. 

That the income of the Poultry Department 
the last fiscal year was over $18,000. 

That the Poultry Department has already, 
(April 10), hatched 9080 chicks and sold 7190 

That between 75 and 80 per cent of the four 
year students who majored in Poultry Husban- 
dry, and who are now alumni, are still connected 
with the industry in one way or another. 

"Kid" says they are enrolling a good group of 

Three new captains have been elected. 
Partenheimer '27 will lead next year's basket- 
ball outfit, Hall '28 will be captain of winter 
track, and Forest '28 of Arlington will be chief 
of hockey. 

The Annual Junior Prom was held on the 
campus, April 15, 16, 17, and attracted some 50 
couples to the Promenade itself, and many 
others to other features of the three-day pro- 
gram. The Roister Doisters took the lid off on 
Thursday evening, with a 1926 version of Gold- 
smith's famous 18th century masterpiece, "She 
Stoops to Conquer." House dances, lasting 
until 4 a. m., were held by Phi Sigma Kappa, 
Kappa Sigma, and Q.T.V., after the show. 

The Promenade itself took place on Friday 
evening, in Memorial Hall. The patrons and 
patronesses were President and Mrs. Edward 
M. Lewis, Dean and Mrs. William L. Machmer, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Phillips. 

The usual Saturday cabaret was replaced by 
the baseball game between Williams and Mass. 
"Aggie," which rang down the curtain for another 
Prom season, second only to the sheep-skin as 
an aim and ambition for every Junior. 

Class Reminders 


Dr. Clarence A. Smith, President, Class of 
1911, writes, "If anyone wishes to know whether 
the 1911 bunch are to get together for a cele- 
bration at "Aggie" this Commencement, I would 
appreciate your telling them that we most 
certainly are." "Doc" Smith's address is Food 
Research Laboratories, 1440 Broadway, New 
York, N. Y. 


To members of the class of 1923. Lest you 
forget, this will remind you that this June is the 
scheduled time for our third-year reunion. Plans 
are being made for a bang-up good time. Class 
headquarters have been secured in the "M" 
Building. Watch the mails for further announce- 
ments. Now is the time to begin to look forward 
to a trip to Amherst, to show that we are still 
on the map. ■ L, B. Arrington 

Secretary, Class of 1923, Lincoln Ave., Amherst 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, April 26, 1926 


(Continued from Page i) 
of the day on the subject. 

Stockbridge constructed a lysimeter for 
measuring the percolation of water through the 
soil and the loss of plant food in the drainage. 
It was the second of its kind in the country and 
a decided improvement on the original apparatus. 

He made a study of soil temperature by day 
and night, including loss of water by the soil 
and plant during twenty-four hour periods, 
which led to a new explanation of the origin of 
dew. He propounded the dust mulch theory, 
namely, that frequent cultivation of the top 
soil, resulting in the formation of the dust mulch, 
especially in times of drought, conserved the 
water supply by breaking up the capillarity of 
the surface soil. This method of moisture con- 
servation has been used by farmers for a long 
time although few of them realized that Stock- 
bridge of the agricultural college was its original 

Stockbridge recognized the great need of an 
agricultural experiment station to aid the 
farmer in solving his numerous problems, and 
as early as 1878 established the Massachusetts 
Experiment Station and gave $1000 for its 
maintenance. He hoped that its further support 
would come from the state but it was not until 
1882 that an appropriation of $5000 was granted 
by the legislature which established permanently 
an agricultural experiment station in Massa- 

Dr. Charles A. Goessmann 

From 1870 until 1907 the name of Goessmann 
was known to a host of farmers in Massachusetts. 
He came to the college in 1868 and soon began 
to grapple with many of the problems con- 
fronting the agricultural industry. It is not 
possible in this paper to more than mention 
briefly some of the studies he undertook prior 
to the creation of the Massachusetts State Agri- 
cultural Experiment Station in 1882, which he, 
together with Stockbridge, Clark and others, 
were instrumental in persuading the legislature 
to establish. From 1882 the work of investi- 
gation was more fully organized and the most 
important lines of work will be mentioned in a 
subsequent paper. 

The problem of sugar production in the 
United States was under consideration. Goess- 
mann published a comprehensive review of the 
beet sugar industry of the world, including 
methods of production and refining. He impor- 
ted and cultivated, in this state, with imported 
machinery, the best varieties of sugar beets, 
made a study of soils and fertilizers best suited 
to their growth and came to the conclusion that 
it was quite feasible to grow a high-grade beet 
in Massachusetts. Because of the greater 
economic value of other crops, the sugar beet 
industry did not prove profitable in New England 
but he lived to see it develop in the Northwest 
and in California. 

Early Amber Sorghum was thought to be a 
promising crop for sugar. Goessmann proved, 
after careful study, that because of the large 
percentage of grapesugar it contained in the latter 
stage of growth, it was unsuited for sugar pro- 
duction. Among other contributions made by 
him prior to 1882 may be mentioned studies on 
the reclamation of salt marshes, the effect of 
fertilizers and the value of potash salt in im- 
proving the sugar content of fruits, and the 
establishment, with the aid of others, of the first 
law in the United States, for the official inspec- 
tion of commercial fertilizers. 

Dr. J. B. I.indsey 
Head of the Department 
of Agricultural Chemistry 



W. C. Paige, for over twelve years 

General Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at Houston, 
Texas, was recently elected Secretary of the 
National Council of the Y.M.C.A. His new 
address is 501 First National Bank Building, 
San Francisco, Calif. 

'97 H. J. Armstrong is a member of the 
firm Campbell and Armstrong, Engineers and 
Surveyors, and may be found at 51 E. Pine St., 
Orlando, Fla. 

'03 Edward B. Snell is a Civil engineer at 
39 Whitehall St., New York City. His home 
address is 44 Treno St., New Rochelle, N. Y. 

'13 Wallace C. Forbush, ex-service alumnus 
of the College, is now a patient at the U. S. 
Veterans' Hospital No. 60, Oteen, N. C. 

'13 Webster J. Birdsall, specialist on co- 
operation, New York State Department of 
Agriculture, is being widely quoted in connection 
with his cooperative organization work in that 

'16 Dr. H. S. "Cy" Little's new address is 
Pathological Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, 
1818 Harrison Ave., Boston 18, Mass. His 
home address is 11 Beach Road, Lynn, Mass. 
'17 Arthur F. Williams is a typographer in 
the publishing game at 34 Beacon St., Boston. 
His home address is 131 Eliot Ave., West 

'18 A crowd of six '18-ers gathered on 
campus for a "spree" not long ago. They were 
"Bob" Hawley, "Whitey" Lanphear, "Tobey" 
Roberts, Van Alstyne, L. H. Patch and "Gyp" 

'18 Birger R. Rosequist was recently ad- 
mitted to the U. S. Veterans' Hospital at 
Rutland, Mass., suffering from a tubercular 
condition. His plight is undoubtedly due to 
exposure while serving his country in the 
World War. 

'19 Mrs. Anna Leibman Shore and husband 
were visitors on campus recently. They are 
residing at 27 Astor St., Boston. In about a 
dozen more years the young Miss Shore will 
matriculate as a co-ed at M.A.C. 

'19 Arthur M. McCarthy has recently 
taken a new position with the John Hancock 
Mutual Life Insurance Company. He may be 
reached at his home address, Monson, Mass. 

'20 Carroll W. Bunker is a bond salesman 
with Steele & Stone Co. (figure out that com- 
bination), 34 State St., Rochester, N. Y. His 
home is at 475 Oxford St., Rochester. He is 
married and has one daughter, Elizabeth Anne, 
four months old. 

'20 Malcolm W. Chase advises that his 
new address is Jersey Shore Creamery, Jersey 
Shore, Pa. He has left the Breyer Ice Cream 
Company and is now part owner of a milk plant 
in Jersey Shore. He recently met "Bill" Sweeny, 
a "dignified Chem. Prof." at the (Penn.) State 

'21 P. L. Robinson is established in land- 
scape business combined with a florist and 
nursery trade at Dighton, Mass., where he has 
become a partner in the Dighton Nursery Co. 

'22 Albert F. McGuinn has joined the 
Jesuit Society and entered as a novitiate at 
Shadowbrook, West Stockbridge, Mass. 
McGuinn took his M.S. degree at New Jersey 
in 1923, spent nine months as a sugar chemist 
in Cuba and San Domingo. Later he spent a 
year in Florida dabbling in real estate. 

'23 Eleanor Bateman is teaching English 
in the Attleboro High School. 

'23 Molly Lewis and Rose Landis were 
recent visitors on campus. Molly is working on 
a farm near Albany and Rose is doing social 
service work in Baltimore, Md. 

'24 Sterling Myrick, who is a landscape 
architect at 20 So. Third St., Columbus, Ohio, 
is trying to get the "low-down" on what his 
classmates are doing. His home address is 
59 Wilson Ave., Columbus, Ohio. 

'25 Rita Casey was on campus during the 
spring vacation. She is teaching in Derby Line, 

'25 Leo Duffy recently brought his Arling- 
ton (Vt.) Memorial High School basketball 
team to "Aggie" for a visit. He was also one 
of those on the field watching spring football 
practice. He reports a heavy schedule of sub- 
jects at Arlington among other attractions. 


(Continued from March issue) 
This is the second installment of the article 
on class tree records. It seems worthy to note 
herein the additional information received from 
interested alumni since the last issue of the 
Bulletin was published. 

1872. "The class of 1872 planted an Ameri- 
can Elm ( JJlmus americana) for each member 
graduating. These were street trees planted on 
both sides of ... . Olmsted Drive, and about 
covered the distance from the old South College 
to the little bridge over the brook. I do not 
recall the date, but my impression is that is 
was in the early spring of 1872. . . ." 

R. B. Grover '72 

1873. "Have read with considerable interest 
the article on 'Class Trees' in the Bulletin of 
March 25th. The class of 1873, in addition to 
the Elm spoken of, planted a Sugar Maple 
(Acer saccharum) for each member of the class, 
on the west side of the road running past the 
'Botanic Museum'. This line of trees extended 
from the small house, occupied at the time by 
Prof. Alvord, southerly nearly to the 'Stock- 
bridge' homestead." 

JohnB. Minor '73 

Continuing with the remaining class records 
we have: 

1907. White Fir (Abies concolor). East of 
Draper Hall. 

1908. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) . Twenty- 
five feet south of the Veterinary Laboratory. 

1909. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris). North- 
west of the Stockbridge House and southeast of 
Wilder Hall. 

1910. Purple European Beech (Fagus syl- 
vatica purpurea). South of French Hall. 

1911. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris). Planted 
northwest of French Hall. Died and was 

1912. Red Oak (Quercus rubra). About 
thirty feet north of Memorial Hall. 

1913. Norway Spruce (Picea excelsa). 
North of Fernald Hall. 

1914. Larch (Larix sp.). Planted north- 
west of the Waiting Station. Not located. 
Probably dead. 

1915. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris). Twenty 
feet north of northeast corner of Memorial Hall. 

1916. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). Two 
trees, fifty feet on each side of the street entrance 
to the Alumni Field. 

1917. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). To 
right of field entrance to Alumni Field. 

1918. Elm (Ulmus sp.) Tree planted north 
of crabapple group, between Stockbridge and 
Draper Halls. Not located. 

1919. Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) . 
North of Fernald Hall. 

1920. Elm ( Ulmus sp.). Planted northeast 
of the old Chemistry Laboratory. 

1921. European Planetree (Platanus ori- 
entalis). North of the Waiting Station. 

1922. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum). 
Planted north of the Microbiology Building. 
This tree was clandestinely removed the follow- 
ing night and never replaced. 

1923. Green Ash (Fraxinus lanceolata). 
South side of crosswalk at north end of Pond. 

1924. Tree planted but removed the 
following night. Another planted but met a 
like fate. 

1925. Group of mixed coniferous evergreens 
back of the new Goessmann Laboratory. 

As may be seen from the foregoing, ap- 
parently not all the classes planted trees, or 
else there may have been those of which we have 
no record. In the latter case we would deem it 
a great favor if the reader will submit such 
information as he may have regarding omitted 
records. We not only wish to have the card 
catalogue in our office complete but will be 
pleased to see that any additional data is passed 
on to the Alumni Secretary for publication in 

C. H. Thompson 
Professor of Horticulture. 



Vol. VII. R Gu r ar a n teed 8e Amherst, Massachusetts, May 25, 1926 

Entered at P. O. Amherst, Mass. "VT^ 1 A 
as second class matter l^HJ. Iv 








JUNE 11 TO 14 


JUNE 12 




Since 1867, when the College first opened its 
doors to students, the spirit of inquiry has ever 
been manifested among its faculty. The pioneer 
work of Clark, Stockbridge and Goessmann has 
been touched upon in a preceding paper. 
Experiment Station Organized in 1878 

The first effort at organized investigation was 
the creation of the Massachusetts Experiment 
Station in 1878, made possible by a gift of 
$1000, for one year, by Levi Stockbridge. It 
was hoped that the state would perpetuate the 
institution by the appropriation of additional 
and continuous sums, but not until 1882 was an 
act passed by the state legislature establishing 
the Massachusetts State Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station with a yearly appropriation of 
$5000 for its support. This amount was shortly 
increased to $10,000. The Station was located 
on the grounds of the Massachusetts Agricul- 
tural College under the management of a 
Board of Control with Dr. Charles A. Goess- 
mann as its director; its principal lines of work 
were animal feeding, forage crops, fertilizer and 
soil tests, orcharding and plant disease. In 1887 
a federal law known as the Hatch Act was 
passed, which led to the establishment of the 
Hatch Experiment Station as a department of 
the College with H. H. Goodell, president of 
the College, as director, the professors of the 
several departments of the College being mem- 
bers of its staff. 

Merged with Hatch Station, 1895 

In 1894 the Massachusetts Station issued its 
last report and in 1895 it was merged with the 
Hatch Station and thus continued until 1907, 
when the name was changed to the Massachu- 
setts Agricultural Experiment Station with 
William P. Brooks, M.A.C. '75, as director. On 
July 1, 1920, Sidney B. Haskell, M.A.C. '04, 
became director. Between 1907 and Dr. Brooks' 
retirement, Dr. Joseph B. Lindsey '83 was 
director for a brief period and Professor F. W. 
Morse for two periods of a year or more each. 

In 1886 the first building, known as the 
Chemical Laboratory, was erected for the ex- 
clusive use of the Station in which Director 
Goessmann maintained his offices. Another 
building was built nearby a few years later for 
use of the plant physiologist and mycologist, 
with the late James Ellis Humphrey in charge. 
This latter building is now used as the Director's 
office. Barns for the exclusive use of the Depart - 
(Continued on Page 8, col. 1) 


Late in the afternoon of May 6th, 
Governor Fuller in the presence of mem- 
bers of the Legislature from Western 
Massachusetts signed the bill defining the 
authority of the Trustees at the Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural College with rela- 
tion to the State Department of Educa- 
tion. The bill provides that nothing in 
the law placing the Trustees in the De- 
partment of Education shall be construed 
as affecting the powers and duties of the 
Trustees as set forth in Chapter 75 of the 
General Laws under which the Trustees 
administered the affairs of the institution 
for over half a century. 

This law clarifies the ambiguity with 
respect to the authority of the Trustees 
and that of the Head of the Department 
of Education. 

The original bill which was introduced 
jointly by the Trustees and Alumni, pro- 
vided that in addition to the clarification 
finally enacted into law, the Trustees 
should have freedom under the general 
supervision of the Commission on Admin- 
istration and Finance, to make minor 
purchases of supplies and equipment, to 
have final authority with respect to 
printing of educational bulletins, and 
within the limitation prescribed by the 
Governor and Council to make salary 
adjustments. None of these three latter 
features were retained in the bill as 
finally passed. The Commission on 
Administration and Finance, however, 
has promised large freedom to the 
Trustees in handling these matters even 
though the power has not been definitely 
assigned to the Trustees by law. 

The success of that part of the bill which 
finally passed the Legislature was due to 
the unfailing support which the Alumni 
and friends of the College rendered the 
Acting President and his associates on 
the Board of Trustees. 


for Commencement 

JUNE 11 TO 14 


Friday, June 11 — Undergraduate Day 

2.30 p. m. Freshman-Sophomore Baseball 

8.00 p. m. Flint Oratorical Contest, Memorial 
Saturday, June 12 — Alumni Day 
8.30 a. m. Baseball Game — 1921 vs. 1923. 
10.00 a. m. Alumni Meeting, Memorial Hall. 
12.00 m. Alumni Dinner, Draper Hall. 
1.30 p. m. Band Concert and Alumni 

3.00 p. m. Alumni Parade. 
3.30 p. m. Varsity Baseball Game — M.A.C. vs. 

6.00 p. m. Fraternity Reunions. 
8.30 p. m. Dramatics, Bowker Auditorium. 
Sunday, June 13 — Baccalaureate Sunday 
9.00 a. m. Academics and Varsity Clubs 
1916 Faculty Breakfast. 
3.30 p. m. Baccalaureate Address, Bowker 

5.00 p. m. President's Reception, Rhododen- 
dron Garden. 
Monday, June 14 — Class Day 
9.00 a. m. Cavalry Drill. 
10. 30 a. m. Senior Class Day Exercises. 
2.00 p. m. Commencement Exercises, Bowker 

8.30 p. m. Sophomore-Senior Hop, Memorial 
Alumni class reunions will be held by indi- 
vidual class arrangement. 

Class Reunion Plans 

The plans for a record breaking Commence- 
ment are complete. The regularly scheduled 
reunions for the classes of '71, '72, '73, '76, '86, 
'90, '91, '92, '93, '01, '16, '21, '23, and '25 will 
feature the program which has been arranged 
for Alumni Day, June 12. In addition to these 
classes the Classes • of '96, and '18 have 
signified their intention of coming back to their 
Alma Mater. All other classes are being urged 
to reune. 

Class Headquarters for the Classes of '76, 
'86, '11, '16, '21, '23, and '25 have been reserved 
in Memorial Hall. Alumni registration will also 
be located there. Class Headquarters for '01 
will be in Fernald Hall. 

Alumni Day, Saturday, June 12, will be the 
"Big Day." The classes of 1921 and 1923 will • 
(Continued on Page 2, col. 3) 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 25, 1926 


Published monthly at Amherst, Mass. (except July and August) by the Associate Alumni of M. A. C. 
Member of The Alumni Magazines Associated 

Subscription Ppice 

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members of the Associate 


Entered as second class matter, March 17 
1820. at the Postoffice at Amherst, Mass. 
■nder the Acts of March 3. 1879 

Address all communications to The Alumni Office, 

William L. Doran '15, Chairman 
Roland H. Verbeck '08 
Robert D. Hawley '18 
Morton H. Cassidy '20 
Belding F. Jackson '22 
L. B. Arrington '23 
Miss Mary Foley '24 
Ernest S. Russell '16 ex officio 
William I. Goodwin '18 ex officio 

M. A. C. Amherst, Mass. 



The increase in the volume of material in 
this issue of the Bulletin has been made possible 
solely through the whole-hearted co-operation 
of the Academic Activities Board and the Varsity 
Club with the Associate Alumni. Acknowledge- 
ment is hereby made of this pleasing co-opera- 
tion as extended through Frank Prentice 
Rand, of the faculty, Mary T. Boyd '26, 
"Bob" Hawley '18 and "Kid" Gore '13 for 
their assistance in securing and presenting the 
material contained in the Academics News and 
the Varsity Club News section of this issue. 
The entire expense of publishing this additional 
material is being borne by each respective group. 

The contribution of this material and news 
is more than a mere gift to the Alumni. It 
represents rather that spirit of friendliness, — 
that "Aggie" spirit, which binds the Alumni 
and the College together. It is, indeed, co- 
operation of the highest order. 

Alumni readers who desire more news, say 
in future issues of the Bulletin, are asked to 
co-operate by lending the helping hand. Send 
news, criticisms and suggestions to the — Editor 

The Hasbrouck Portrait Fund 

On May 1 the Associate Alumni, through a 
special committee, issued requests to all alumni 
in order to secure funds for the painting of a 
portrait of the late Professor Philip B. Has- 
brouck. $1500 will be required for this worthy 
objective. It is hoped that prior to the forth- 
coming Commencement this amount will be 
raised by nominal subscriptions from the large 
number of students and friends of Professor 
Hasbrouck. The committee has suggested that 
$2.00 contributions be made, although larger 
payments will be gratefully accepted. Clarence 
E. Gordon '01, Ralph J. Watts '07, and Clark 
L. Thayer '13 comprise the committee for this 

During the two weeks following the issuance 
of the requests for funds the committee received 
a total of $166 from 70 contributors. 

Contributors should make checks payable to 
Clark L. Thayer, Treasurer, and mail them to 
his home address, North Amherst, Mass. 


'23 Rose Landis to Mr. Leonard Levin, 
Lorain, Ohio. Miss Landis is Head of the De- 
partment of Home Economics, Federated 
Hebrew Charities of Baltimore. Mr. Levin is 
a graduate of Harvard University and the 
University of Maryland. They will probably 
be married in June. 


'18 A son, to Dr. and Mrs. Fred A. Carlson, 
April 29, 1926, at Columbus, Ohio. 

'21 A son, Starr M. King, Jr., to Mr. and 
Mrs. Starr M. King, April 28, 1926, at Medford, 

w'23 A daughter, Joan Harshaw, to Mr. and 
Mrs. John L. Walsh, May 5, 1926, at Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 


Elizabeth P. Field, wife of Judson L. Field '92, 
of Oak Park, Illinois, died April 1926. 


The Executive Committee of the Board of 
Directors, Vice-President George E. Taylor '92 
presiding, met on April 29 and conducted the 
folkrwing business: 

1. Approved the monthly budget report. 

2. Approved the 1926-27 budget with esti- 
mated total expenditures in the amount of 

3. Received and accepted the report of the 
Secretary on the Conference of the Association 
of Alumni Secretaries and the Alumni Magazines 
Associated. This conference was held at Ohio 
State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 15, 16, 
and 17. 

4. Discussed plans for Mid-Winter Alumni 
Day, 1927. 

5. Approved the mailing of the Annual May 
letter to all Alumni. 

6. Accepted the report on the Class Fund 
Plan. (The Class of 1926 has since accepted 
this plan.) 

7. Commencement and Alumni Day plans 
were discussed. 

8. It was voted that effective April 29, the 
Assistant Secretary is authorized to bill all 
delinquent alumni a uniform fee of two dollars 
($2.00), for dues and Bulletin subscriptions 
which are in arrears. Payment of this amount 
to constitute the requisite for an alumnus in 
good standing. 

9. Accepted the Nominating Committee as 
appointed by President Russell. 

10. Accepted the report on the Hasbrouck 
Portrait Fund. 

11. Accepted the report on the College Ad- 
ministration Bill. 

12. Took the necessary and authorized action 
regarding several Memorial Building pledges. 

Scholarships at M. A. C. 

For the second consecutive year the Massa- 
chusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture has 
appropriated $1000 for scholarships in Agri- 
culture at the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College. Two cash prizes of $300 are awarded 
to members of the senior class and two scholar- 1 
ships of $200 to members of the Junior class for 
excellency in scholarship. During the present 
year the scholarships were awarded to Preston 
J. Davenport of Shelburne Falls and Ray G. 
Smiley of Worcester of the Senior class, and to 
Clarence H. Parsons of North Amherst and 
Herman E. Pickens of Stoneham of the Junior 
class. Awards for 1926-27 have not yet been 


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start the "ball rolling" with a baseball game 
on the field porth of the Drill Hall at 8.30 a. m. 

The Alumni Meeting in Memorial Hall at 
10 a. m. calls for the annual election of officers 
of the Association and other current business. 
Following this meeting comes the Alumni 
Dinner at Draper Hall after which, at 1.30 
p. m., there will be a Band Concert, 

The Alumni Parade will begin at 3 p. m., and 
will be headed by Harold Aiken '16, who has 
been chosen Marshall. The College Band will 
furnish the music. The scene will be replete 
with unique class colors and costumes. The 
baseball game, M.A.C. vs. Amherst, on Alumni 
Field will be a big event of the day. 

Following the fraternity reunions on Saturday 
evening will come the presentation of the play 
"The Devil's Disciple" given by the Roister 
Doisters. This event will take place in Bowker 

Sustaining Members 

Since the March issue of the Bulletin the 
Association has acknowledged the receipt of 
sustaining memberships from the following 
alumni: I. Chester Poole '96, Fred C. Larson 
'17, Newton E. Lincoln '21. 

A tribute to their loyalty. 

Important Notice 

The Association is in need of $343.85 to meet 
the expenses incurred and to be incurred this 
fiscal year. Some bills which must be paid are 
due at once. Please see the Association through. 


At a recent meeting of the Committee on 
Nominations, a committee appointed by Presi- 
dent Ernest S. Russell '16 in accordance with 
the By-Laws of the Associate Alumni of M.A.C, 
nominations were made for the June elections 
of the Association. The Committee on Nomi- 
nations comprised the following alumni: Philip 
F. Whitmore '15, Chairman; George C. Hubbard 
'99, A. Vincent Osmun '03, Marshall O. Lan- 
phear '18, and Luther B. Arrington '23. 

The By-Laws of the Association provide that 
two members of the Board of Directors of the 
Association shall be elected each year by a mail 
poll and that the directors so elected shall 
serve for terms of four years each. 

The names of the following four Alumni are 
presented for the mail poll: 

Earle S. Draper '15 
Charles H. Gould '16 
Stewart P. Batchelder '19 
Clifford L. Belden '24 
Ballots have been mailed to each member of 
the Association. These ballots must be de- 
livered at the Alumni Office, M.A.C, before 
10 a. m., June 12, 1926, to be included in the 
election returns. 

A brief sketch of each nominee included in 
the mail poll follows: 

Earle S. Draper '15 
was born in Falmouth Heights, Mass., October 
19, 1893. He entered M.A.C. from Milford, 
Mass., graduating with the Class of 1915. His 
major course was Landscape Gardening and he 
is now engaged in that field of work in North 
Carolina and vicinity. Mr. Draper is an active 
member of the Southern Alumni Club. He re- 
sides in Charlotte, N. C. 

Charles H. Gould '16 
was born in Webster, Mass., October 8, 1893. 
He entered M.A.C. from Worcester, Mass., 
graduating with the Class of 1916, of which 
Class he is now permanent President. During 
1917 and 1918 Mr. Gould was employed with 
the Hampshire County Farm Bureau. In 1919 
he became an instructor in Pomology at M.A.C. 
At present he is the owner and manager of the 
Hillside Orchards, Haydenville, Mass. 
Stewart P. Batchelder '19 
was born in North Reading, Mass., October 23, 
1898. He entered M.A.C. from that town and 
graduated with the Class of 1919. In 1920 Mr. 
Batchelder returned to the farm in North 
Reading, and in 1922 he taught in the High 
School, Reading, Mass. He is now a fertilizer 
salesman with the A. W. Higgins Company, Inc., 
South Deerfield, Mass. 

Clifford L. Belden '24 
was born in Hatfield, Mass., September 5, 1902. 
He entered M.A.C. from that town and gradu- 
ated with the Class of 1924. Mr. Belden majored 
in Agricultural Economics while in College. He 
is now a farmer and resides in Hatfield, Mass. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 25, 1926 

Sidney B. Haskell '04 

Sidney B. Haskell '04, Director of the Massa- 
chusetts Experiment Station, has brought 
recognition to his Alma Mater and achieved 
personal distinction by his contributions in the 
field of agronomy. His outstanding position as 
an agronomist received further recognition 
when at the last annual meeting of the American 
Society of Agronomy he was among the first 
twelve leading agronomists of the United 
States recognized by the Society for election as 
Fellows of the Society. Director Haskell served 
as president of the national Society in 1923. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College and 
Experiment Station are both nationally and 
internationally known for the high quality of 
their product. Among the alumni are many 
who are recognized leaders in their respective 
specialized fields of agriculture. 

Charles H. Fernald 2nd, '16 

Professor Charles H. Fernald 2nd, '16, recently 
received notable recognition in the field of 
business administration when he was elected 
vice-president of the Advertising Clubs of 
Illinois. This election took place at the annual 
convention of the Clubs held in Peoria, Illinois, 
April 27. In an address before the convention, 
"Charlie" spoke concerning contrast in adver- 

It is significant, but not unusual, that an 
M.A.C. man should receive high honors in 
fields other than the strictly agricultural. More 
noteworthy is it that such honors are bestowed 
upon an "Aggie" man scarcely ten years after 
his graduation. 

After receiving his B.Sc at M.A.C, Professor 
Fernald went to Harvard, securing an M.B.A. 
there in 1921. He then became Professor of 
Advertising, Merchandising and Sales Manage- 
ment at the University of North Carolina. Last 
year he accepted a professorship in the College 
of Commerce and Business Administration, 
University of Illinois. His increasing success in 
this field is evident. 

While at M.A.C, "Charlie" was prominent 
in college and class activities. He was a good 
scholar as well as a good athlete. He played 
both varsity baseball and basketball, and was 
president of his class for two years. His frater- 
nity is Kappa Sigma. 

John T. Perry '24 


With the approach of the final examinations 
for the spring term the faculty are exceptionally 
busy. Examinations are scheduled to take place 
June 7 to 11, inclusive. In spite of it all Major 
Briscoe's faculty riding class is increasing in 
popularity. In addition to the Wednesday 
afternoon hour a group of booted (?) and 
spurred (?) faculty go off at a canter on Monday 
afternoons from 5 to 6 p. m. It is said that 
some members of the group can even stay on 
during that difficult gait, the gallop. 


Professor J. H. Frandsen, new Head of the 
Department of Dairying and Animal Husbandry, 
has actively taken up his duties at the College. 
He has brought many new and worthy ideas 
with him from the Mid- West, which are bound 
to broaden the knowledge of those with whom 
he comes in contact. 

"Ah!" exclaimed an "Aggie" professor, as he 
turned again to the microphone of WTAG after 
having procured a glass of water, "Now I feel 
better. I've had a drink." Some thousands of 
radio fans 'listened in' with ten-fold interest as 
their subsequent letters attest. 

Mr. John T. Perry 
cipient of one of the 

'24, is the fortunate re- 
'American Field Service 
Fellowships for French Universities," with 
botany listed as the subject to be studied. Mr. 
Perry will spend the summer season in the 
Swiss Alps, the winter season on the Mediter- 
ranean shore, and will be gone from the country 
approximately one year. He is at present at 
the Harvard Graduate School. 

Eleven of these fellowships are awarded, one 
each to a graduate of Harvard University, 
Rutgers University, Yale University, Columbia 
University, University of Chicago, Leland Stan- 
ford, Jr. University, University of California, 
University of Kentucky, University of Illinois, 
University of Pennsylvania, and M.A.C 

The Memoriabilia Collection 

The assistance of all Alumni and friends of 
M.A.C. is earnestly requested to aid the College 
Library in keeping up the College History 
Collection. Donations are greatly desired of 
programs of any and all college functions, 
concerts, athletic games, debates, fraternity 
meetings of public kinds, theatrical perform- 
ances, etc.; also, diplomas, photographs and 
other pictures and mementoes, concerning the 
college or of individuals who have been at any 
time connected with the college. 

Dr. George E. Stone '86, former Professor of 
Botany, is very kindly co-operating with the 
Library in assembling and arranging this his- 
torical material. 


That the Department of Veterinary Science 
of the College has made 67,919 blood texts of 
individual birds on the poultry farms of Massa- 
chusetts this year in carrying out its program 
of Bacillary White Diarrhea Control. 

That there have been established 124 breed- 
ing flocks in the State absolutely free from this 

That 201 poultry plants have been visited by 
the inspectors and samples taken so far this year. 
That 33,615 birds have been found absolutely 
free from infection. 

That this is probably the most extensive pro- 
gram of disease control carried on by any state. 
That there are 28 states now carrying on this 
type of control work among poultry. 

That thirty different kinds of serums are 
annually prepared by the department in fur- 
thering research, investigation, teaching, and 

That many American colleges and universities, 
as well as some European schools and labora- 
tories regularly call on the Veterinary Depart- 
ment of the College to furnish these special 
biological materials. 

That the Department regularly supplies, on 
a fee basis, a diagnostic service, especially for 
poultry diseases; some 400 materials have been 
presented this year for investigation. 


A report has just been received from the 
American Council on Education giving the 
relative standing of the 55 colleges and univer- 
sities who took the standard psychological tests 
furnished by the Council. 

In September 1925, all students admitted to 
the freshman class at the Massachusetts Agri- 
cultural College were given a psychological 

The tests used were those supplied by the 
American Council on Education. According to 
the report of the Council 166 colleges and 
universities used this year's tests. 

Fifty-five colleges reported complete data on 
the 15,000 college students who took the tests. 
The average score of each of the fifty-five 
colleges in each of the eight tests was made up 
separately for men and women. 

The results show that in four tests M.A.C. 
was among the three best. The rank of the 
College in each of the eight tests is given below: 

In Test I, The Completion Test— M.A.C. 
(women) ranked sixth. 

In Test II, The Arithmetic Test— M.A.C. 
(women) ranked sixteenth. 

In Test III, The Artificial Language Test — 
M.A.C (women) ranked third. 

In Test IV, The Analogies I Test— M.A.C. 
(men and women, both in their separate and 
combined scores) ranked first. 

In Test V, The Analogies II Test— M.A.C. 
(women) ranked third. 

In Test VI, The Number Completion Test — - 
M.A.C (women) ranked third and M.A.C. 
(men) fifth. 

In Test VII, The Absurdities Test— M.A.C. 
(women) ranked fourth. 

In Test VIII, The Opposites Test— M.A.C. 
(women) ranked sixth. 


The Aggie co-eds won another moral victory 
the other day, when the Academic Activities 
Board made the Girls' Glee Club a regular 
academic activity. 

The annual Freshmen-Sophomore Banquet 
Scrap, held again under the new system of rules 
inaugurated last year, resulted in a decisive 
victory for the Sophomores. Much of the 
actual fighting took place in an honest-to- 
goodness barnyard, giving unexpected zest to 
an event, the excitement of which has been 
considerably diluted since the devastating 
struggles of years ago. 

The Soph-Senior Hop Committee is mak- 
ing arrangements to have the Commencement 
Dance on June 14, one which will compare 
most favorably with those of past years. The 
Charter Oak, and Worthy Hill, both orchestras 
from Hartford, and both of which played at 
the recent Junior Prom, have been secured. 
Prelims bid fair to be scarce unless secured 


More than 650 high school students accepted 
the invitation of the College to visit M. A. C. 
on April 30 and May 1, the 17th Annual High 
School Day, including those who participated 
in the program for the two days. 474 boys and 
185 girls registered as visitors, and in addition 
there were 73 teachers, principals, town repre- 
sentatives and others. It is estimated that fully 
100 other visitors attended the program, but 
did not register. This is the greatest number 
of visitors to whom the College has been host 
on any High School Day since its inception. 
The visitors represented 108 different high or 
secondary schools. 

Much the same program was successfully 
carried out as for the past few years. More 
interest than ever before was shown by the 
high school students in the live stock, poultry, 
and fruit judging contests. 28 judging teams, 
totalling 78 boys, competed in the live stock 
contests; 18 teams comprised of 58 individuals 
were entered in the poultry contest; while 13 
teams made up of 44 contestants tried for places 
in the fruit contests. 

State and College prizes for the team and 
individual prizes added much to the intensive- 
ness of the competition between teams and 

Many Alumni Help 

Among the alumni who so loyally contri- 
buted toward making the affair a success, 
mostly by bringing groups of high school stu- 
dents to visit the College, are: Fred A. Smith 
'93, "Pop" Clarke w'87, Paul E. Alger '09, 
"Eddie" Burke '10, "Tom" Dooley '13 , Glenn 
H. Carruth '17, John T. Dizer '17, William I. 
Mayo '17, Willard G. Patton w'17, Walter G. 
Buchanan '18, "Art" Frellick '18, Bena G. 
Erhard '19, George E. Erickson '19, Willard K. 
French '19, Paul W. Brown '21, "Stan" Free- 
man '22, "Joe" Cassano '25, and many others. 
Most of the above Alumni are engaged in 
either teaching or county club agent work. 


(By courtesy of£the Alumni Bulletin) 


The team played its best baseball of the first 
seven games in the tilt with Bowdoin on Alumni 
Field, May 6 Excellent pitching by Nash and 
hard hitting by the team against two Bowdoin 
pitchers brought victory to the tune of 9 to 1. 
Captain Temple is doing fine work behind the 
bat in his first season in this position. He is 
also leading the team in batting with an average 
of .360. Moriarty at short stop is batting for 
.350. The rest of the line-up follows: McVey, 
first; Haertl, second; Rice, third; Moberg, 
center; Griffin, left; Thompson, right; Nash, 
pitch; Davenport, pitch. The team has won 
from Worcester Tech and Bowdoin and lost to 
Williams, Tufts, Wesleyan, Dartmouth and 


The track team is making a good record 
having won two of the first three dual meets. 
Tufts was defeated 64 2-3 to 61 1-3 and Norwich 
beaten 69 to 48. Middlebury took our measure 
to the tune of 77 2-3 to 57 1-3. Captain Sniffen 
has been the outstanding point getter, collect- 
ing 42 points in three meets. He has won four 
out of six starts in the dashes and has won the 
broad jump in all three meets. Tucker has done 
fine work in the high jump and pole vault having 
won the latter in three meets and tied for first 
twice in the former. Two sophomores, Schappelle 
and Hall, have contributed largely to the team's 
success by their good work in the middle dis- 
tances. "Jerry" Thompson has won in three out 
of six starts in the hurdles and has lost only by 
inches when he has failed to take first. The 
loss of Thurlow and Murdough in the weights, 
because of injuries, has been keenly felt although 
Dresser, a sophomore, has done excellent work. 

The cross country schedule is just announced 
as follows: 

Oct. 9— Tufts at M.A.C. 

16 — Williams at Williamstown 
22— Wesleyan at M.A.C. 
29 — Amherst at Amherst 

Nov. 6 — Boston University at Boston 
15 — New Englands at Boston 

Captain Sniffen plans to join the New York 
Athletic Club and run under their colors after 
his graduation in June. 

Coach Derby has been elected secretary- 
treasurer and member of the executive com- 
mittee of the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic 


Captain Partenheimer has a squad of ten 
men who are not out for other athletics prac- 
ticing basketball on Alumni Field. 

Manager Haertl is having considerable diffi- 
culty in arranging his home schedule in basket- 
ball because so many teams dislike to play in 
our old Drill Hall. 

"Johnnie" Temple, last year's captain, plans 
to enter Harvard Medical School next fall. 


Professor Hicks has issued more than sixty 
suits to candidates for spring football. Coach 
Gore says the men are showing a fine interest 
and he seems much pleased with the work. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays are practice days with 
a regular scrimmage on Thursday. W. I. 
Goodwin '18, Alumni Assistant Secretary, took 
some motion pictures of the squad at work the 
other day. More than seventy-five , plays were 
filmed. Some of the boys are eagerly awaiting 
results while some are not quite so eager. The 
coaching staff expects great things from this 
picture record. 

Linus A. Gavin '26, a member of the football 
team for the past three years, has signed as a 
member of the coaching staff next fall. "Fat" 
will undoubtedly be given charge of developing 
a line and, as Amstein '27 is the only letter man 
left, it is quite evident that there is going to 
be a big job to develop a set of forwards com- 
parable with the lines of the past few years. 
Such veterans as Thurlow, Couhig, Baker, 


Some alumni have written us to ask, 
"Why can't we have more news of 
athletics?" Several have discovered the 
news letter which Coach Gore has fre- 
quently sent to his small mailing list of 
former football men and have asked to 
be put on his mailing list. There seems 
to be some demand for this sort of in- 
formation. We would like to know 
"how much." 

It costs in time and money to publish 
a sheet of this sort. The Alumni Associa- 
tion is not in a position to finance a larger 
publication than the four-page sheet 
with which you are familiar. The Varsity 
Club is financing these two athletic 
pages in this issue but its treasury cannot 
continue to be such a support. There are 
many alumni who are sending in interest- 
ing stories and the Secretary of the Varsity 
Club is glad to co-operate with the 
Department of Physical Education in 
making stuff of the sort you see in these 
pages available to all. We lack the cash. 
If you want it you will have to tell us 
"how much." — Editor. 



That the 1885 team beat Amherst in football 

That "Pop" Clark '87, "Red" Ball's dad, 
"Gid" Mackintosh's father and "Ham" Richard- 
son's dad all played on the '85 eleven? 

That Dr. Ayres '86 is the only "Aggie" man 
to captain two "Aggie" elevens, the '84 and '85? 

That the '99, '01, '24 and '22 elevens are the 
only teams besides the '85 club to beat Amherst? 

That they wore no pads in 1885? 

That the only teams to beat the 1915 eleven 
were Dartmouth and Harvard and that both 
these teams were lucky to escape 0-0 deadlocks? 

That the 1915 team lost to Harvard 7-0 in 
the last minute of play? 

That M.A.C. did not use one substitute in 
the Harvard game of 1915? 

That the 1915 eleven beat Springfield in the 
second half 14-13 after being led 13-0 at the end 
of the first half? 

That Dr. Brides, who coached the 1915 team, 
played every position but one on the Yale eleven 
while a student at that University? 

That the 1921 baseball club won 13 out of 17 
games with some of the fastest nines in the East? 

That the Semi-Centennial baseball game on 
Alumni Field was played before the largest 
crowd ever gathered on the field up to that 

That M.A.C. beat Amherst and her redoubt- 
able pitcher, Zink, 4-2 in the Semi-Centennial 

That the 1921 nine, in the Springfield game, 
knocked out of the box Twombley, who was 
signed with the White Sox? 

That the 1926 basketball team won 12 out of 
14 games attaining the highest percentage 
standing of New England colleges and making 
the best record of games won in the history of 
M.A.C. basketball? 

That their victory over Tufts makes the 1926 
five the seventh consecutive team to beat that 

That Captain Temple, Jones and Smiley, 
known as the three basketeers, have participated 
in 34 victories and only eight losses during their 
three years of varsity basketball? 

That the men who did these things noted above 
are coming back to campus for the big Commence- 
ment Celebration this June? 

Tulenko and Gavin are going to be hard to 
replace. On the other hand, Gavin is particu- 
larly fitted to take up the burden left by George 
Cotton '22, as he has played both guard and 
tackle. Not least among Linus' qualifications 
is the fact that he hails from that football 
town of Natick. 


All former varsity men will find much to 
interest them in this year's commencement 
program entirely aside from the grand and 
glorious feeling which comes with a visit to 
old Alma Mater. 

The Varsity Club Breakfast Meeting on 
Sunday morning has proven a lively, interest- 
ing affair in past years and every effort is being 
made to make this year's the best yet. . All 
former varsity men find pleasure in these 
reminiscences of old teams and old games. The 
famous teams of 1885 football, 1915 football, 
1921 baseball and 1926 basketball will be 
featured this year. 

"Duke" Curran, captain of the 1915 team, 
has said he will be on from Chicago and we are 
expecting such men as R. B. Mackintosh '86, 
Captain Winfield Ayres '86, Dr. Arthur E. 
Brides, coach of the 1915 team, and most of 
the other members of the four famous teams 
which will celebrate this occasion. 

The Varsity Club expects to provide a souvenir 
of the occasion and hopes are high for a gala 
celebration. The managers of the various teams 
are undertaking to round up their famous 

Alumni Football Committee 

The Alumni Football Advisory Committee 
for 1926 has been named as follows: chairman, 
Crossman '09; King '21; Poole '21; Ball '21; 
Collins '22; Bike '24; Mohor '23; Gustafson 
'26; Melican '15; Jones '26; Cotton '22; Clark '87. 

The following are named as Alumni Football 
Representatives in the various sections listed: 
New York, Palmer '16; Chicago, Mack '17; 
Boston, Hayden '13; Detroit, Grayson '18; 
Wisconsin, Gray '21; Missouri Valley, Ahearn 
'04; Pacific Coast, Freeborn '14; South, Mack- 
intosh '21; Canada, Holmes '18; Worcester, 
Maginnis '18; Ohio, Lewis '22; Columbus, 
Myrick '24; New Jersey, Schermerhorn '10; 
North Shore, Lewis '05; South Shore, Freeman 
'22; Connecticut, Cascio '21. 

Coach Gore at Gotham 

"Kid" Gore '13 is representing the College at 
the meeting of the Central Board on Football 
Officials for the purpose of selecting next fall's 
officials. This meeting comes on Thursday, 
May 27, at the Hotel Pennsylvania. He will be 
at the Hotel Pennsylvania the 27th and 28th 
and will be very glad to get in touch with any 
New York alumni. 

At the recent annual elections of the Western 
Massachusetts District Basketball Officials' 
Board, "Kid" Gore and "Red" Ball were 
elected to the Board of Directors for the season 

"Kid" Gore spoke at the annual banquet of 
the Twin-State Interscholastic Conference at 
the Highland Hotel in Springfield; the closing 
banquet of the Hampshire County Basketball 
League in Northampton at Boyden's; and at 
the banquet given the Northampton High School 
Western Massachusetts Championship Basket- 
ball team by the Hi-Yi Club at the Northampton 

Couhig '26 to Coach Freshmen 

Philip H. Couhig '26, a member of the foot- 
ball team for the past three seasons, has re- 
cently been appointed Freshman Coach at 
M.A.C, taking charge next fall. "Phil" played 
center on the football team, was a member of 
the baseball squad for several seasons, and is a 
wrestler of parts. Couhig hails from Beverly. 
Did you ever hear "Larry" Jones '26 sing the 
ditty about Couhig? The song was written 
after the 1925 Amherst game, and goes some- 
thing like this: 
"Here's our center whose name is Phil 

Went on a rampage for Bozo Hill, 

He got him from the rear and he got him 
from the front, 

He did pretty well for a little runt." 


(By courtesy of the Alumni Bulletin) 


Dr. John Ashburton Cutter '82. Address: 220 
Waverly Place, New York City. The good- 
hearted Doctor just mailed a prescription 
blank with "Cheer up! Another day coming." 
on it after he had read an account in the New 
York press of our baseball games this spring. 

James A. Price '15. Manager Football. Ad- 
dress: 75 Fulton St., New York City. "Al" is 
in the insurance business. He is particularly 
interested in rain insurance and has promised 
us good Commencement weather. 

Mike Ahearn '04. Football, Baseball, Basket- 
ball. Director of Athletics, Kansas State Agri- 
cultural College, Manhattan, Kansas, has 
organized 28 intramural baseball teams this 
spring. In the summer a junior league com- 
posed of nine teams will conduct baseball 
games for boys in Manhattan. Besides, there 
will be a business men's league and an industrial 

Willard S. Little '13. Hockey, Baseball- 
16 Patton Ave., Ashville, N. C. Landscapes 
"Wah" just sent in a_photograph of his Beverly 
Hills basketball team, winners of the Ashville 
city championship this past winter. 

Dr. Nils Paul Larsen '13. Football. Queens 
Hospital, Honolulu, T. H. Benn Ellis '13 — 
Hockey — writes that Paul is in New York City, 
visiting the States for a couple of months and 
that he will be in Springfield, May 22, 23, 24. 

Thomas Dooley '13. "Tom" Dooley's group 
of 48 boys from Jamaica Plain High School won 
honors for the largest number from any one 
school, High School Day. "Tom" sure practices 
what he preaches. Wouldn't Mass. Aggie stop 
marking time if a few more Alumni would bring 
50 boys up to see their Alma Mater on these 
High School Days! 

"Jack" Hutchinson '14. Baseball, Capt- 
Hockey, and hockey player of parts ever sinc e 
graduation, in Boston Club hockey, is the head 
of the Hutchinson chain stores, some thirteen 
of them, headquarters in Arlington. "Don" 
Douglas '21 is running the motorteria section 
of "Jack's" grocery department, big motor 
busses that are carrying the store right out to 
the people. One of "Jack's" kid brothers played 
hockey on the championship Deerfield Academy 
team this past year. 

Lloyd Garrison Davies '14. Baseball. "Chick" 
is now pitching for the New York Giants after 
having had a very successful year with New 
Haven last season. Dame rumor has it that the 
Giants paid a fabulous price for "Chick's" 
services. He has already won several games this 
season. We hope it may be possible to have a 
"Chick" Davies' Day down at Braves Field some 
time this summer. 

Richard E. Field '22. Football. Ashfield, 
Mass. "Dick" is starting a pure blood Guernsey 
herd and, although he had tough luck this 
winter losing most of his cows, he has made a 
good start on his new herd. 

Harry Nissen '14. Football. President of 
the Posse-Nissen School of Physical Education 
779 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 

Dr. Stanley B. Freeborn '14. Manager Foot" 
ball. Associate Professor of Entomology, Branch 
of the College of Agriculture, University of 
California, University Farm, Davis, California. 
"Stan" is active in the organization of a Central 
Board of Football Officials on the Coast. 

Sumner A. Dole '15. Football. Head coach 
at Connecticut Agricultural College, Storrs, 
Conn. "Dolly's" record at Connecticut has 
been nothing short of phenomenal in the three 
years that he has been there as a three sport 
coach. His football team was unbeaten a year 
ago and made a very creditable record this fall. 
His basketball team was contender for New 
England honors this winter ranking third 
among New England colleges, and his baseball 
team recently defeated Tufts in the same week 
that the Medfordites had taken the measure of 
Yale, N.Y.U. and others. 

Philip A. Plaisted '16. Football, Baseball, 
Hockey, hasjoined hands with "Dutch* 1 Scheufele 
'16 and under the name of the Scheufele- Plaisted 
Co., General Contractors, are landscaping 
Wellesley, Mass., in great style. 

"Dave" Butterick '17. Football, Capt. Hockey. 
Arlington, Mass. "Dave" has a great dairy 
business under way, butter, cream and ice 
cream mixtures. Has built himself a ne\fiF"house 
and a two-car garage and keeps the garage full. 
A new car every spring. 

Emory Elsworth Grayson '17. Captain Foot- 
ball, Captain Basketball, Baseball. "Em" is a 
member of the Department of Physical Educa- 
tion at Amherst College and was recently 
promoted to an assistant professorship by the 
Trustees. Emory is now head coach of baseball 
and basketball at the other end of the town. 
His baseball team won the Little Three cham- 
pionship last year, and his club has won two 
out of three games already this season. "Em" 
very thoughtfully allowed our baseball team to 
practice in the Amherst cage during their 
spring vacation period. 

Arthur L. Frellick '18. Teacher-coach at 
Howard High School, West Bridgewater, brought 
ten boys up for High School Day. Address: 
255 East St., West Bridgewater. 

Herbert R. Bond '19. Manager Basketball. 
Address: Westwood, Mass. "Bondie" announced 
the birth of Herbert, Jr., two weeks ago and has 
applied for his reservation in the class of 1946. 
Herbert's younger brother, Richard, attended 
High School Day along with Paul Shafner, 
whose dad was an "Aggie" man, and "Don" 
Leavitt. These boys all played for Dover High 
School last fall, "Dick" Bond captaining the 
team. Perhaps you recall reading about Dover 
High and their football team with only 12 boys 
on the squad and how they practiced from six 
to seven mornings. They sure had a good 
record, beating Holliston, Medfield and Medway 
among others. Richard Bond, Jr., is entering 
M.A.C. next fall. 

Donald G. Ross '19. Hockey. Needham, 
Mass. "Dinn-ie" dropped into the office the 
other day and had a great chat. He has a 
wonderful family of three, a boy of 7, a girl of 
5 and a baby girl; and a half acre farm. "Dinnie" 
is with the Liberty Paper Company, address 80 
Federal St., Boston. Every once in a while his 
travels bring him up in this part of the State. 
He and "Bud" Ross have a summer place on 
Lake Winnepesaukee. "Din" says "Bud" is a 
budding architect for Graham in Boston, doing 
well, still single and living in Auburndale. 
"Bud" (L. VV.) 1917. Played hockey. "Dinnie" 
is looking well and must tip the scales at 220 lbs. 

/. Foxcroft Carlton '20. Baseball. Farmer' 
East Sandwich, Mass. "Jackie" has spent the 
last few 19ths of April marathoning in the 
Ashland-to-Boston classic. Can you imagine it? 
The Boston papers now classify "Jack" as the 
"Veteran Marathoner." He has bettered his 
mark every year, finishing 9th in this year's 
record breaking race. 

John D- Snow '21. Hockey. Is buying and 
selling potatoes for himself way out in Colorado 
somewhere and going great guns. He ought to 
look up "Chet" Burtch, w'18, Baseball, who is 
in Denver running a big bus line. 

Richard A. Waite '21. Football. Shrewsbury, 
Mass. "Here at Shrewsbury I don't see any 
High School seniors that will go to M.A.C, 
but there are some sophomore kids who ought 
to be headed that way, so I am beginning to 
work on them by bringing them up High School 

Orrin C. Davis '21. Baseball. Teacher-coach' 
Junior High School, Winthrop, Mass. "Bucky" 
sat on the bench during the Tufts baseball game 
and reminisced at a great rate. "Buck", who 
by the way is the proud father of a baby boy, 
claims that he holds the intercollegiate record 

for getting hit when at bat. Some of us recall 
that he was one of the "B.L." trio which in- 
cluded "Don" Lent and Julius Kroeck. 

Starr M. King '21. Football, Pond Medal. 
Mr. and Mrs. Starr M. King announce the 
birth of Starr M. King, Jr., on April 28, 1926, 
weight 7 lbs. and 2 oz. Great! Congratulations 
and best wishes from "The Gang." Starr is 
coaching baseball at Maiden High School this 
spring and will also have charge of baseball at 
Camp Wyanoke for boys this summer. 

Julius Kroeck '22. Baseball, Basketball, 
Hockey. Worcester County Extension Service, 
19 Court St., Worcester, Mass., and John J. 
Maginnis '18, Football, Baseball, 805 Main St., 
Worcester, along with Willard French '19, 
teacher in Worcester North High School, formed 
the "Aggie" cheering section at the Worcester 
Tech ball game at W.P.I. "Bill" Kroeck hit 
'em to the outfield in old form and the "old- 
timers" reminisced while they watched an 
improved varsity "hop it on to" the Engineers. 

Conrad H. Roser '22. Baseball, Football. 
Associated with "Gid" Mackintosh at High 
Point, North Carolina. "Dutch" wrote in a 
splendid letter mostly descriptive of the boys' 
and girls' camps down South. However, he put 
in a paragraph on enthusiasm that we just had 
to print. 

"Emerson says that 'Enthusiasm is the height 
of man, it is the passing from the human to the 
devine.' Tuckerman says that 'Enthusiasm is 
the nursery of genius.' If you can spread your 
enthusiasm for perfectness and beauty in small 
things and for successful accomplishment of 
minor and distasteful work then you are doing 
something worth while in itself." 

Francis S. Tucker '22. Manager Hockey. 
Yale Theological Seminary. Address: 155 
Broad St., Hartford, Conn. "In the fall the one 
who is to be Mrs. Tucker by that time, and I, 
are planning to sail for Portugal, on our way as 
missionaries to Africa. It is a wonderful life 
work to be looking forward to, one in which a 
fellow has to use all the abilities he has, and 
then more, too. We are going out under the 
American Board to either Angola or Portuguese 
East Africa. It has not been definitely settled 
yet, but we do know that we shall start this 

"Bob" Dunbar in the Boston Herald on "Hub" 
Collins — "Several of the local schools are 
looking around for faculty coaches for their 
athletic teams. There is a wealth of material 
available for the work but there is very little 
A No. 1 stuff. I am not attempting to boost 
anyone's stock, but if those schools interested 
in getting a good man care to investigate the 
record of "Huber" Collins at Natick High, they 
would not be long in selecting their man. For 
high ideals and at the same time ability to 
teach practical play on the field, he hasn't a 
peer. He is college coaching material today, 
but he likes scholastic work better." H. L. 
Collins '22. Football, Capt. Hockey, Capt. 
Baseball. Athletic Director at Natick High 
School, Natick, Mass. 

Stanley L. Freeman '22. Football, Manager 
Basketball. Address: 106 Main St., Brockton, 
Mass. "Stan" brought up 30 prospective Agates 
High School Day from Plymouth County. 

Howard Gordon '23. Capt. Baseball, Capt. 
Hockey, Freshman Athletic Instructor. Teacher- 
coach, Walpole High School. "Doc", whose 
baseball team won its league championship last 
year, seems on the way to repeat with another 
good team. Howard brought his ball club up 
to Amherst last week, lost to Amherst High, 
which has a very good team, coached by George 
Williams '14; but beat the Freshman team, 
coached by his classmate "Ed" Tumey '23, two 
to one in a fine game of baseball. This makes 
the second year running that "Doc's" team has 
beaten the freshmen. 


(By Courtesy of the Alumni Bulletin) 



Up till within the memory of the youngest 
alumnus, the announcement "He's an 'Aggie' 
coach" has had but one meaning: "Coach" has 
connoted "athletics." But this is no longer 
true, for the Academics coaching system is now 
a well established and most effective institution, 
each activity having its own special coach. 
The Musical Clubs 

During the season 1925-26, the Musical Clubs 
have been coached by Ivan T. Gorokhoff, of the 
Music Department faculty of Smith College. In 
the fall he has come "over the river" once every 
two weeks, drilling the Glee Club on the details 
incident to a more perfect presentation, such as 
tone placing and correct accenting. During the 
winter and spring terms, he has coached the Club 
only occasionally, — perhaps immediately before 
a concert,- or when some particular matter re- 
quired attention and correction. Professor 
Gorokhoff has a particularly interesting person- 
ality: he is, a member of the Club tells us, 
"typically Russian, in every way." His abun- 
dant vitality and energy are well reflected in 
the results of his coaching. 

The Girls' Glee Club 

There is a brand new campus activity. The 
girls have worked for such an organization for 
several years, and this year they blossomed out 
as a full-fledged Glee Club. During this, their 
first official season, they have given seven con- 
certs. Their coach has been Mrs. A. B. Beau- 
mont, wife of Prof. Beaumont of the M.A.C. 
faculty. Mrs. Beaumont has developed the Glee 
Club into a really effective organization. "She's 
supposed to give us an hour," they say of her, 
"but she really spends the evening working with 
us, and she has the most wonderful patience of 
anyone we've ever known. She always gives us 
special coaching just before a concert, and she 
surely makes us work, but it's worth it, we get 
so much out of it." 

The Massachusetts Collegian 

It is 8.15 p. m., and the Collegian Board is 
gathered in the Collegian olfice, waiting. Then 
the door opens, and a medium-sized man, eye- 
glassed, and with fair hair parted and meticu- 
lously smoothed down, steps briskly into the 
room. Walter A. Dyer, coach of the Collegian, 
has arrived. As usual, the Board severely 
criticizes its work of the week before, and then 
Mr. Dyer takes his turn. Faults are pointed out 
and corrections suggested; criticisms of make-up, 
matter, and presentation are suggested, and the 
Board profits by a great deal of expert advice, 
for Mr. Dyer is a recognized authority on all 
matters pertaining to literary expression. 

He is an authority on Early Americana, has a 
little farm in Pelham for summers, and he is 
the author of many books. He is in particular 
a dog- lover, as his latest book "All Around 
Robin Hood's Barn" will attest. This book has 
in it some particularly interesting descriptions 
of the town of Amherst that every man who has 
spent four years in our "certain Valley" will 
joyfully recognize. 

The 1927 Index 

This, in season, has also been coached by 
Mr. Dyer, who among other things has assisted 
in the development of a most effective competi- 
tive system for positions on the Board. No 
longer is the position of Editor-in-Chief of the 
Index handed down as a gift by the outgoing 
editor. This position is now attained only by 
competition, and goes to the competitor found 
most worthy of holding that office. 

The Roister Doisters 

What salt is to oatmeal, Prof. Rand is to the 
Roister Doisters. Just pick up any copy of the 
American Magazine and let any capitalist there- 
in tell you in the blackest print that "Person- 
ality is everything" and then think of your 
undergraduate days and the Roister Doister 
plays, and see if you don't agree with the above 
statement. As Dramatics coach, Prof. Rand, 
has had a particularly successful year — the 

The Modern Tony Lumpkin 

(Robinson '27 in "She Stoops to Conquer.") 

modern dress presentation of "She Stoops to 
Conquer" having been acclaimed as the best 
show ever put on at "Old Aggie." 
The Debating team, as usual, has been ably 
coached by Prof. Prince. The team (Pickens, 
Haskins and Dodge) invaded Maine and de- 
feated both Colby and the University of Maine. 
At home it defeated Oklahoma, lost to Bates, 
and debated Kansas State without decision. 


Mr. Watts is, by common consent, admitted 
one of the busiest men on the campus. You 
have only to look over the list of his activities 
appearing in the Alumni Bulletin for April 26th 
to appreciate this, although most of us know it 
by our own experience. His listed activities, of 
course, do not cover half of what he really does. 
During this year 1925-26, he has met weekly 
with business managers of the various Academic 
Activities and worked over their problems with 
them, helping them to resolve their difficulties, 
and suggesting profitable new methods of 
business conduct, and generally training them 
in power and efficiency. 

By Editorial Courtesy 

Once in a blue moon, — once in a very blue 
moon, — an Index Board makes money while 
putting out the yearbook. Usually there is an 
"even break," with the editors apologizing, 
"Sure, we know that it's not so good — but we 
ran short, see? Or it would've been different." 
But when the 1926 Board started in to make 
their yearbook, the moon took on a tint per- 
ceptably blue, and they actually did make 
money. The credit, of course, is due to Myron 
Smith and his energetic business staff. 

The following fall the Board held a banquet 
(a banquet — note!) and discussed the disposal 
of this unprecedented wealth, and suddenly 
some one had the idea, "Why not give it to the 
Collegian?" , and then "Why not give it for a 
rotogravure section about Commencement 
time?" And that is why, on or about June 9th, 
you will receive with your Collegian a miniature 
New York Times insert, with pictures of all our 
local celebrities and as many as possible of our 
most interesting events and places. If there is 
anything you would particularly like to see 
appear, write and tell the Collegian editors. 
They would be more than glad to receive 
suggestions.— Editor. 


The Class Sings 

Originally, we are assured, classes enjoyed the 
class sings. There was a spirit of keen class 
competition, and classes not only sang, but 
even attended sing practices. That, to under- 
graduates of today, is almost incredible. Still, 
times have changed — and as usual, one may 
blame the corresponding changes in student re- 
actions to "Things weren't like that in my 
day"— the pre-collegiate flivver day, let us say! 

The institution of class singing, though, in 
spite of alumni protests, chapel exhortations, 
earnest class meetings, and tempting prizes, 
was gradually disappearing, dying by inches of 
malnutrition. The chief difficulty lay in the 
fact that the juniors could not be coerced, 
threatened or argued into staying for the Sing. 
Seniors, freshmen and sophomores — these must 
stay, but the juniors were free to go as soon as 
finals were over, and go they did. 

The Proposed Change 

About that time the Mid-Winter Alumni Day 
Committee made a proposal. The chief difficulty 
was in the time at which the Sing was held? 
Very well, then the time must be changed. And 
since alumni enjoyed the Sings most of all — ■ 
alumni being in the nature of things reminiscent 
— the Sing must be held when the alumni could 
be present, that being of course Mid-Winter 
Alumni Day. And, since there was not the 
former spirit of keen interclass competition, why 
not change the competing bodies to those who 
would have a real and stimulating rivalry? The 
answer to all this was, as you know, 

The Interfraternity Sing. 

First of all, the plan was laid before the 
fraternities and heartily approved. The Inter- 
fraternity Conference then chose a Marshall, 
who was to direct the Sing. The fraternities 
were required to submit the songs they pro- 
posed to sing, one college song and one fraternity 
song being permitted, and the order of their 
singing was determined by lot, and a committee 
of three competent judges appointed to referee 
the contest. 

The first Interfraternity Sing was held on 
Mid- Winter Alumni Day, 1926, in Bowker 
Auditorium. As a Sing, it was more than 
usually successful, and more than ordinarily 
well handled. At the close of the Sing a cup was 
presented to the winning fraternity. This cup 
does not become the property of any one fra- 
ternity permanently, however, until it has been 
awarded to them three times. 

Phi Sigma Kappa was the winner of the 1926 
Interfraternity Sing. 

The Sings of the Future 

The alumni, we believe, have made a distinct 
contribution to the college in backing so en- 
thusiastically this new plan. Fraternities are 
the logical entrants for a Sing under our present 
campus conditions. Classes are at best large, 
unwieldy groups, hard to assemble and harder 
still to train. Fraternities present a number of 
smaller, more compact groups, which can con- 
veniently assemble for frequent practices. The 
Sings of the future, as we see it, will be by all 
odds the best Sings known on the campus since 
those enthusiastic days B. F. 

Which, everyone knows, can stand for one 
thing only: Before Ford! 

The Roister Doister Year 

A review of the year with the Roister Doisters 

Society theatre party — The Dover Road. 

An original musical comedy, Doris, written by 
Harry Fraser and Mary Boyd. 

Cast theatre party — Loyalties. 

She Stoops to Conquer, presented in modern 
dress, at Amherst, Sunderland, Deerfield Acad- 
emy, and Northfield Seminary, and reported by 
the Associated Press all over the United States. 

Banquet and lecture — George Pierce Baker. 

The Devil's Disciple, now in rehearsal. 


(By Courtesy of the Alumni Bulletin) 


Three eminent ex-Roister Doisters came to 
Amherst to see the Prom play. They were 
Emil Corwin '25 and "Bert" Worssam ex-'26 and 
"Bob" Martin '23. All of them wanted to get 
daubed up in grease paint and mix it up with 
the cast. "Bert" liked the play so well that we 
found him again in the front row at the per- 
formance at Northfield Seminary two weeks 
later. "Bob" went back to Washington so enthu- 
siastic that he all but had the cast playing the 
Capitol City. In fact, the only difficulty seems 
to have been that he got the other Washington 
alumni so much more enthusiastic than he 
himself that they rented "one of the biggest 
theatres in town" and otherwise bit off more 
than they wanted to chew. "Bob" is now talking 
about getting the Commencement Play to 
Washington on a rather less ambitious basis. 
George Lockwood '21, was also on the campus 
recently and sat through an evening's rehearsal, 
recalling his own acting days. 

Eleanor Bateman '23, another Roister Doister 
of note, is reported as having succumbed to the 
lure of the arts, and has given up cows in favor 
of commas. She is now teaching English in 
the Attleboro High School. 

"Dick" Wendell '23, continues his musical 
activities. After having taken his master's 
degree in English at Harvard, "Dick" became 
instructor in that same perilous subject at 
Wooster College, Ohio, where he has been 
coaching the Glee Club and accompanying it 
upon a trip so extensive as to make "Aggie" 
songsters water at the mouth. 

"Benny" Gamzue '23, is enrolled as a debater 
for life. Benny took his master's degree at 
Ohio State last June and is now teaching English 
at New York University. He always, when 
home in Holyoke, comes to Amherst for a call 
upon Prof. Prince. 

Those Ads ! 

There is on the campus a certain gentleman 
noted for his caustic comments who calls the 
Collegian "that Sears and Roebuck catalogue," 
and it is doubtful if there is an alumnus among 
its readers who has not at some time picked up 
the paper and said "They call it a newspaper, 
but where's the news? All I see is ads." The 
paper has indeed carried too much advertising, 
but have you ever stopped to think that there 
must be a very good reason for it, or it would 
not have been done? 

There is such a reason, of course, and here it 
is: When the 1926 Board took over the Collegian 
they found that the paper was four hundred 
dollars in debt, and yet they must continue to 
publish a paper in spite of this seemingly in- 
surmountable difficulty. A few weeks ago when 
the 1927 Board took control of the paper, the 
debt had been very much reduced. To the 1926 
Manager, Alvin G. Stevens, is due all the credit 
for a really notable achievement. 

and has entertained almost every Academic 
organization over there at some time or another. 
"Ted" Grant '26, still refers to the piece of cake 
which he had on a Roister Doister trip some 
two or three years ago. 

"Ted" Chase '24, is teaching English at 
Hebron Academy, Maine. He has written local 
words to one of the "Aggie" songs, and Hebron 
boys are therefore singing an air which may 
lead them up to "Aggie" by and by. 

Luther Arrington '23, and Kenneth Sloan '21, 
may be found any Sunday morning singing in 
the choir of the First Church in Amherst. Some- 
times Luther takes a crack at the college organ. 

Two Waugh boys, '22 and '24, are in the De- 
partment of Economics at Connecticut Aggie! 
Albert has written in once or twice to express 
his apprehension that the faculty are getting a 
throttle hold on Academic Activities. There's 
something in that too. But now that he has 
become "faculty" himself, he probably realizes 
how innocuous, if not kindly, such a hold is 
likely to be. 

Earle Weatherwax '24, continues his death- 
defying act of life. With his wife in the hospital 
a thousand miles away, Earle tripped up a 
Fordson, while laying out the Harding Memorial 
at Marion, Ohio, and broke three or four bones, 
more or less, in the process. He has called on us 
since: the mix-up seems to have made no 
permanent impression. 

Carl Bogholt '19, and "Jack" Smith '19, who 
in the old days shared the honors of the great 
moment in The Witching Hour, have both seen 
professional service since; Carl in stock at 
Savannah, Ga., and "Jack," according to our 
best reports, in a traveling company of What 
Price Glory. 

It was these men, in this play, who let down 
the Roister Doister bars against co-eds, and 
paved the way for such subsequent alliances 
as that of Bennett '23 — Geiger '24, and In- 
graham '25 — Slack '25. 

For two weeks every summer, Howard Goff 
'19, sings lustily on White Mountain summits. 
If you plan to hike that glorious country, let 
"Kid" suggest your itinerary for you. 

"Jimmy" Batal ex-'25, completed his course 
at Amherst last June, having done considerable 
writing under Robert Frost; he sent us a Christ- 
mas card from South America. 

Gordon Ward '25, continues to be a stormy 
petrel in a conservative world, as witness the 
reference in the Collegian editorial of May 5. 

Ralph Watts '07, who goes to Lawrence 
College, Appleton, Wisconsin, in July, will be 
greatly missed by all Academics men and 
women. It took several offers, from various 
institutions, to budge him out of Amherst, but 
he came to feel "eventually — why not now?", 
and our good wishes go with him into his new 
field. It may be pertinent to refer to a remark 
that "Prexy" Butterfield used frequently to 
make, to the effect that it was Ralph's work as 
manager of the Collegian which got him his 
offer of the secretaryship to the College. 

Sidney Haskell, as chairman of the Academics 
Board, is somewhat in the public eye, especially 
on Insignia Days (when the sweaters and the 
medals are given out). The Director says that 
it is a dirty trick to allow him to announce a 
medal for a "Miss" who is really a "Mrs.", 
or to ask a cheerleader to come forward and 
lead a cheer for himself. 

Belding Jackson '22, editor emeritus, is per- 
suasively laying down the rules of Woolley at 
M.A.C., but after class he hurries back to 
Belchertown, and his heart is said to be in the 
far West, for another month or so. Belding 
runs almost every organization in Belchertown, 

As Academics, we may be permitted some 
satisfaction in the recent success of Representa- 
tive Fred D. Griggs '13, in the Massachusetts 
Legislature. Fred's first bill was the one which 
the Governor has recently signed, returning to 
the trustees of M.A.C. the authority to run the 
College. Fred handled that bill like a veteran. 

Ken Loring '24 and Hazel Logan Loring ex-'25, 
drove down from Vermont for the Amherst 
football game, and an evening with the North- 
ampton Players. And by the way, this same 
English company later produced The Truth 
About Blayds, and a reasonably impartial critic 
remembered the Roister Doister performance of 
that play and declared that both Earle Weather- 
wax and Hazel Logan did finer work in their 
respective parts than did the English profes- 

M.A.C. Turns to Poetry 

A few years ago there flourished on the 
campus The Aggie Squib. Everyone read the 
Squib, and told the editors cordially, "Honestly, 
Squib is the limit. Rotten. Why don't you get 
better stuff?" — and no one ever wrote anything 
better, to show how it might be done. So 
Squib perished, through sheer starvation, leaving 
behind it a certain sum of money and (among 
its editors at least) a few sad memories. 
The Inkhorne 

Then there appeared a little band of enthusi- 
asts who wished to have a magazine purely 
literary. They worked and wrote and collected 
material, and finally appeared in the open and 
asked to be recognized as a campus publication 
and to be permitted to use for publication pur- 
poses the money remaining from the late 
lamented Squib. We heard much of this projec- 
ted Inkhorne — there was even a contest for the 
naming of the magazine — but nothing appeared, 
so that the Cider Press impertinently noted 
what it called a "Devious Dialogue": 

When is the new magazine coming out? 

As soon as a new board is elected. 

When is a board going to be elected? 

As soon as there is enough material. 

When will there be enough material? 

As soon as they get enough contributors. 

When will they get enough contributors then? 

As soon as they get a name for the paper. 

But when are they going to get a name? 

Before the first issue comes out. 

When is this first issue coming out though? 

As soon as a board is elected. 


(And we shall miss The Cider Press when 
Mary Boyd is graduated. — Editor.) 

Then Poetry ! 

Well, the literary material, as you can see, 
did not seem to be forthcoming in sufficient 
amounts, so for a time we heard nothing at all 
of the matter. But meanwhile, the faithful few 
met with Mr. Dyer, and with Prof. Rand, and 
with Prof. Prince, and wrote poetry, and read 
poetry and prose, and wrote poetry and prose. 
Then, with their projected material, they again 
made a bid for recognition, and were in part 

For in June, coincident with the 1927 Index, 
may appear a little gratuitous booklet of under- 
graduate verse and prose, the first thing of its 
kind ever put out at M.A.C. On its reception 
would doubtless depend any future activities of 
the sort. 

The Academics Trophy 

Theodore J. Grant '26, was awarded the 1926 
Academic Activities Conspicuous Service Trophy 
at Friday morning chapel on May 14th. This 
trophy, you will remember, is awarded annually 
to that member of the graduating class who has, 
during the year, made the most notable contri- 
bution to Academic Activities on the campus. 
This was the third award of the Trophy. 
"Tommy" Snow, manager of the Musical Clubs, 
won it in 1923. In 1924, no award was made, 
but in 1925 the Trophy was won by Emil 
Corwin, whose work in dramatics well merited 
such recognition. 

"Ted" Grant has been a faithful worker in 
Academic Activities during his college career. 
His Roister Doister work is perhaps the best 
known, since it is most conspicuous, but he has 
had a popular feature in the Musical Clubs 
program and this year when the manager of 
the Clubs became ineligible, "Ted" arranged 
and conducted a trip to Rutland, Holden, Stow 
and Auburndale. 

It may be of interest to know something of 
the method of this award. The Academics Board 
first solicits recommendations for candidates. 
These recommendations are considered care- 
fully, and the number reduced to three. These 
names go before the Faculty and Alumni 
representatives, who make the final award. 
Thus the Trophy is awarded without prejudice 
or politics on a basis of actual achievement. 

The Massachusetts Agricultural College, Alumni Bulletin, May 25, 1925 


(Continued from Page i) 

merit of Agronomy and Animal Nutrition are 
maintained. The other lines of work are conduc- 
ted in portions of the college buildings set apart 
for their use. In the new Goessmann Laboratory 
an entire floor of one of the wings has been 
especially adapted for the use of the chemical 
research of the station, while the original 
chemistry laboratory is now used for the chemi- 
cal control service. 

Alumni on Staff 

Of the men who were connected with the 
Station for many years and now deceased may 
be mentioned particularly Professors Goessmann, 
Maynard '92, J. B. Paige and C. H. Fernald, '82. 
Professors Brooks '75 and Stone '86, now retired, 
served for a long period, while many others were 
employed for shorter lengths of time. The 
present scientific staff, including men in the 
control service, now numbers over forty. 

The Scope of Investigations 

The lines of work at present undergoing 
investigation relate to insect pests, fungus 
diseases of farm and garden crops, orchard 
problems, vegetable and cranberry production, 
bacteriology of the soil, studies in farm manage- 
ment, agricultural economics, chemical prob- 
lems, relating to the soil and to insecticides, 
animal nutrition, poultry breeding and manage- 
ment, tobacco production and tobacco cropping 
systems, and soil fertility studies. 

The control service of the station includes 
the inspection of fertilizers and cattle feeds, the 
testing of pure-bred cows for advanced registry, 
the inspection of machinery and glassware used 
in testing dairy products and the elimination 
of white diarrhea in poultry. 

Formerly, the scientific papers were published 
mostly in the form of annual reports and bulle- 
tins. Of late most of these papers are placed 
in scientific journals, while station bulletins 
serve more particularly to distribute to the 
agricultural public, the results of the inspections 
and findings which can be immediately utilized. 
Annual reports have been condensed to include 
only the reports of the director and treasurer. 
Whether the station will, in the future, publish 
its own scientific papers in the form of research 
bulletins, is still undecided. 

Dr. J. B. Lindsey '83 
Head of the Department 
of Agricultural Chemistry. 

Correction and Addition 

In my article entitled "Early Investigations 
at M.A.C." in the last issue of the Alumni 
News, the sentence beginning "He found . . . . 
the total root length of the sugar maple," 
should read "He found .... the total root 
length of the squash," etc. 

I might add that, in the investigations by 
Clark on the flow of sap in over sixty species of 
trees and shrubs, he was assisted by Stockbridge, 
Dr. William P. Brooks 75, Dr. Charles Welling- 
ton '73, Walter H. Knapp '75, Atherton Clark 
'77, Henry Hague '75, Dr. Albert T. Wakefield 
'73, and George R. Dodge '75. I am informed 
by a party, who was in close touch with the 
work, that Professor S. H. Peabody devised the 
form of mercurial gauge used in the work. 
President Clark stated that Peabody "visited 
every gauge, under his charge, three to six times 
every twenty-four hours, for several weeks . . . 
one was reached by a perpendicular ladder forty- 
two feet high so that taking observations, 
especially on dark and stormy nights, was far 
from a pastime." 

In his work with the squash, President Clark 
was assisted particularly by Samuel T. Maynard 
'72 and David P. Penhallow '73. 

Dr. J.B. Lindsey '83 


'82 John E. Wilder is now residing at 1038 
Crosley St., Chicago, 111. 

'92 Jewell B. Knight is temporarily engaged 
in special work on opium in Persia. His work 
is for and under the jurisdiction of the League 
of Nations. His address remains Director 
Experiment Station, Poona College, Ganesh- 
khind Road, Poona, India. 

'92 Dr. Richard P. Lyman has a son who 
graduates from Michigan State College this 
June. For this reason, only, Dr. Lyman will 
be unable to join his classmates at "Aggie" this 
year for the Commencement reunion. He 
resides at 429 Hillcrest Avenue, East Lansing, 
Michigan, and still carries on as Dean of the 
Veterinary Division, Michigan State College. 

'95 Albert F. Burgess was a recent visitor 
to the campus. His home address remains 47 
Sargent St., Melrose Highlands, Mass. 

'95 Herbert D. Hemenway conducted a 
Maiden Beautiful Campaign for the Maiden 
Chamber of Commerce during the week of 
April 5. In addition to holding the position of 
Superintendent of Grounds, U. S. Veterans' 
Hospital, Rutland Heights, Mr. Hemenway is 
a writer of correspondence courses for the 
United Correspondence Schools, Harrisburg, Pa. 
He has just completed three such courses in 
line with his field of work. For several years 
Mr. Hemenway's name has appeared in Who's 
Who in America and in Who's Who Among 
North American Authors. Last winter he 
.made arrangements for the College Musical 
Clubs' appearance before the World War 
veterans at the Rutland hospital. Mr. Hemen- 
way resides in Holden, Mass. His daughter is 
a member of the Class of 1928, M.A.C. 

w'97 Frederick W. Barclay may be reached 
at the Roosevelt Apartments, Ironton, Ohio. 

'98 Samuel W. Wiley was given notable 
recognition in Drug and Chemical Markets, 
April 15, 1926, by listing him among the Who's 
Who in the Chemical Industry. Mr. Wiley is 
president and general manager for Wiley and 
Company, Inc., Baltimore, Md. 

'05 Richard L. Adams, Professor of Farm 
Management, University of California has been 
appointed by Governor Richardson of Cali- 
fornia to the position of market director in 
that State. The Pacific Rural Press speaks of 
Professor Adams in laudatory terms as follows: 
"Farmers know him and like him a lot. His 
cost of production studies have been a big 
force in making the college serve agriculture. 
He should command the respect of the produce 
commission men and retain the respect of 
farmers. He has high ability, a good backbone, 
plenty of tact and knows the value of boring 
in for facts. Above all, he is practical, and his 
farm management work has commanded respect 
when his theories have been set down in the field 
beside his task." 

'07 Frederick C. Peters of Ardmore, Penn., 
is Republican candidate for Assemblyman from 
the first legislative district of Montgomery 
County, Penn. Primary elections were held 
May 18. His chances for election are good. 

'13 S. Miller Jordan is manager of the 
Mexican Department of Myers, Darling & 
Hinton Co. This company probably shipped 
about two million dollars worth of tomatoes 
and green peas to the- United States markets 
during the season ending about May 1st. 

'14 "Ned" Edwards is co-partner in the firm 
of Edwards-Marshall Company, Manufacturers' 
and Canners' Agents, West Palm Beach, Fla. 
In writing he speaks of the very wonderful job 
done in Miama by "Jerry" Curtis w'07, who is 
Superintendent of Parks in that city. 

'17 Dr. Francis G. Edwards is now superin- 
tendent of Kula Sanitarium, Waiakoa, Island of 
Mani, Territory of Hawaii. 

'18 Walter G. Buchanan, Head of Mathe- 
matics Department, Methuen High School, is 
a booster for M.A.C. His address is 25 Burgess 
St., Methuen, Mass. He brought several high 
school boys to M.A.C. for High School Day. 

'19 L. V. Tirrell, formerly Assistant Professor 


'83 et al. J. B. Lindsey, C. L. Beals '12, J. G. 
Archibald, M.Sc. '24, "The Digestibility and 
Energy Values of Feeds for Horses." Journal 
of Agricultural Research, Vol. XXXII, No. 6. 

'91 & '99 Dr. E. Porter Felt and Dr. William 
A. Hooker are listed among the distinguished 
contributors to the American Year Book, 1925. 

'00 A. W. Morrill. "Giving the Bugs a 
Taste of Aerial War." Los Angeles Sunday 
Times, Farm and Orchard Magazine, February 
28, 1926. Mr. Morrill has been sending a 
constant supply of news of the Coast alumni to 
the Alumni Office. 

'04 E. A. Back, senior author. "The Use 
of Vacuum for Insect Control." Journal of 
Agricultural Research, Vol. XXXI, No. 11. 

'04 Myron A. West is president of the Ameri- 
can Park Builders, 201 E. Ontario St., Chicago, 
111., recent publishers of an attractive brochure, 
"Golf Courses." 

w'06 Stanley F. Morse. "Many Sugar Com- 
panies' Land Poor." Wall Street News, April 
17, 1926. 

'10 Samuel W. Mendon. "Farm Record 
Keeping." Published by Macmillan. 

'14 D. A. Coleman, senior author. "The 
Brown-Duval Moisture Tester and How to 
Operate It." V.S.D. A. Bulletin No. 1375. 

'15 C. H. Alden. "Lubricating Oil Emul- 
sions on Peach Trees." The American Fruit 
Grower, February 1926. 

'16 E. H. Boyer. "Studies on the Chemical 
Nature of the Antigenic Substances in Bacillus 
Coli." In press. 

'16 Leon F. Whitney. "The Source of 
Crime." Christian Work Magazine, March 13- 
30, 1926; also in reprint form published by the 
American Eugenics Society, Inc., New Haven, 
Conn. "A Charity to Lessen Charity" and "A 
Eugenics Catechism." The two latter publica- 
tions are also issued by the American Eugenics 
Society, Inc. 

'19 E. F. Guba. "Pathologic Histology of 
Apple Blotch." Phytopathology 14. December 
1924; "Phyllosticta Leaf Spot, Fruit Blotch, 
and Canker of the Apple; Its Etiology and 
Control." Univ. of III. Agr. Exp. Sta. Bui. 
256, February 1925; "Literature on Fungus 
Floras in North America and an Addition to a 
'Check List of References Dealing with the 
Taxonomy of the Fungi.' " Transactions of the 
American Microscopical Society, XL IV, 2. April 
1925; and "Apple Blotch and its Treatment." 
The A merican Fruit Grower, February 1926. 

'19 Raymond T. Parkhurst. "Certain Fac- 
tors in Relation to Production and Egg Weight 
in White Leghorns." Poultry Science, Vol. V, 
No. 3, February-March 1926. 

of Animal Husbandry in the University of New 
Hampshire, is now Extension Specialist in 
Sheep Husbandry at Connecticut Agricultural 
College, Storrs, Conn. 

'21 "Don" Douglass recently blew into the 
Alumni Office on a hurried trip to these parts 
from Arlington, Mass., leaving a wealth of in : 
formation regarding the activities of alumni 
with whom he is in contact. He also brought 
with him plenty of "pep" in the way of material 
for distribution to his classmates, and is count- 
ing on a big day for the Class of '21 at its fifth 
reunion this Commencement. ' 'Don" manages 
the motorteria branch of the W. L. Hutchinson 
and Company's unique system for the distri- 
bution of a wide variety of goods, although 
specializing in fresh vegetables and other food 
products. "Jack" Hutchinson '14, heads up 
this organization. "Dave" Horner w'26, is in 
charge of the shipping for the company. The 
headquarters for this concern is in Arlington. 

'21 "Jack" Roger C. Coombs, Box 68, 
Spencerport, N. Y., writes that the Alumni 
Bulletin is inadequate with respect to size and 
number of appearances. Criticisms with sug- 
gestions regarding the service which the Alumni 
Office is attempting are always welcome. He 
states that he recently met Carroll W. Bunker 
'20 and Wesley S. Sawyer '18, in Rochester.